Thursday, September 22, 2016

Jolly Sets a New World Record for ‘Largest Serving of Sautéed Mushrooms’ at HistoryCon 2016

My family loves dishes cooked with Jolly mushrooms. So it's really nice to know it made history during History Con! More details below ... 

Press Release:

Throughout history, mushrooms have been part of the human diet and are renowned for their healing and nutritional attributes. Today, this versatile “vegetable” has recorded a historic culinary feat for the Philippines. Jolly, the country’s no. 1 mushroom brand, has made history for the largest serving of sautéed mushrooms at 335 kilos.  This was recorded during History Con last August 27 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

(from left) Jacquem Ruby of A E networks 
with Jolly associate product manager Ralph Rebulanan
senior product manager Marilou Acuna
Fly Ace director Elliz Conchanco, and BAG assistant Peter Geronimo
In partnership with History Channel, the stage was set for Jolly’s first world-record bid to cook the largest serving of sautéed mushrooms.   The largest serving of the dish used more than 300 kilos of Jolly Mushroom and fired up 10 cooking stations manned by 70 students chef from the Center for Culinary Arts Manila, Far Eastern University, and La Consolacion Tanauan and Manila campuses. The tedious process took two hours of non-stop cooking; and after all the hard work of the young chefs, the cheering crowd went wild as the final mushroom dish output was poured into the weighing device and showed a total of 335 kilos, exceeding the minimum requirement of only 280 kilograms. The Jolly team, led by Executive Chef Winston Luna of Chefwix Catering Services, was applauded for their hard-earned victory.

Chef Winston Luna (center in black) with Jolly senior product manager Marilou Acuna 
and associate product manager Ralph Rebulan 
with the participating students from CCA, Manila, La Consolacion College and FEU
“We’ve been cooking a large number for banquets but for this endeavor it’s different. Using the recipe designed by Chef Mitchie Sison, we used mushroom as main ingredient, which is very versatile and is also a wonderful substitute to the usual meat that we usually have. We used sauté because it is the best-tasting way to present the mushroom. We really want the mushrooms to be the superstar for this particular dish,” said Chef Winston.  

As one of History Con’s headliner event, Jolly’s record-setting attempt was just one of the reasons that emphasizes the brand’s mission to elevate and promote mushrooms’ versatility and nutritional benefits on a national and global scale.  

taste tests
“History-making has never tasted this healthy and delicious. Jolly and Fly Ace Corporation, together with our event partners, are extremely honored to initiate this ground-breaking attempt. We are hoping to set a first world record, and of course to successfully spread the news of mushrooms’ health benefits all over the Philippines and the world,” said Fly Ace Corporation President, Jun Cochanco

The giant tub of sautéed mushrooms was later presented at the main stage and was served as a mushroom wrap, which is another way of presenting the mushroom, or served as rice to go with each mushroom serving to the delight of thousands of event participants who queued to taste.

Culinary students cooked over 300 kg of mushrooms to make the world record
Healthy advocacy

Recent studies by scientists around the globe underscored the importance of antioxidants as these protect the cells from within, thus boosting one’s immune system and helping prevent future diseases such as cancers. And per tests of SGS, a leading inspection, verification, testing and Certification Company, Jolly Mushrooms contain an impressive 14 mg of L-ergothioneine per 400g can.  

"Mushrooms is known as the world’s 'superfood' [and] we want more people to know about the many amazing health-boosting benefits of mushrooms. One such outstanding nutritional highlight is having the highest content of L-ergothioneine, a powerful antioxidant,” commented Marilou Acuña, Fly Ace Corporation Senior Product Manager for Jolly Food line.

CCA, Manila students happily serving sauteed mushroom to the crowd
Apart from promoting mushroom’s health benefits, the history-making activity also puts into limelight fresh Filipino culinary talents and the virtue of bayanihan. “This event offers the challenge as well as opportunity for Filipinos, especially our youth, to show support and commitment in making history. To make this Guinness bid successful, everyone in the Jolly team must work closely together to bring that goal into fruition,” Acuña added.

The Jolly Mushroom world record attempt was made possible by the following partners: Gomeco, Petron, Masflex, Fuji Kitchen Scales, and participating students.

the recipe (although I'm a bit skeptical about the amounts of salt and pepper
so I just put a pinch each when I cook this dish)
Fly Ace Corporation is one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino consumers, Fly Ace Corporation’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands. To learn more about Fly Ace, visit

JOLLY is a canned fruits and vegetable line marketed and exclusively distributed by Fly Ace Corp., one of the leading food and beverage consumer goods companies in the country today. Propelling limitless multiple-category growth by bringing the best of the world closer to Filipino homes, Fly Ace Corp.’s portfolio of food and beverage products includes house brands and exclusively distributed brands.  For more updates, visit or like its official Facebook fanpage or follow via Twitter and Instagram (@jollyeatsph).

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