During the recently concluded 6th National Food Showdown, some of the country’s culinary greats were honored during the 2-day competition. The theme for 2012 was “Showcasing Culinary Heroes,” and part of the event was a tribute to some of the greatest names in the culinary world, including Dexter Rebolledo, who was hailed for his contribution and innovation in the baking industry.

Through an Audio-Visual presentation, his life and achievements were introduced to the new generation of chefs and bakers. From his humble beginnings to his education at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art, to his bakeshops in Cubao and Asia, it was truly a celebration of Dexter Rebolledo’s genius.

Here’s how the video described him:

“Dexter Rebolledo was self-taught in the art of baking and cake design. But his talent enabled him to work with the Lutz’s Continental Pastry Shop and at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating and Confectionery Art, both in Chicago, the first Asian to do so. While most cakes at the time used boiled sugar as icing, Dexter’s innovated by using gum paste and his cake design creativity was acknowledged in a Wilton book that featured his use of gum paste panels lighted within.

He opened his first Dexter’s Bakeshop in his hometown of Bulacan then went on to Cubao. He also opened bakeshops in Asian countries like Malaysia. Yet perhaps his greatest contribution is teaching his children this fine art of sugarcraft. After their father died, they not only carried on the business but won gold medals in wedding cake design in culinary competitions. 

Dexter Rebolledo, culinary hero.”

On hand to receive this recognition was Mrs. Josefina Rebolledo and the rest of the Rebolledo family.