Meet the 3 Filipinos competing in 'MasterChef Asia'

MANILA, Philippines – Three Filipinos will be competing for the title of Master Chef in the first season of MasterChef Asia. 

Jake Aycardo, Lica Ibarra, and Rico Amancio are among the 15 Asian contestants who hail from China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines who will compete in the show. The contestants are all fighting for the chance to release their own cookbook and to receive a $50,000 cash prize, among other prizes. 

Award-winning chef Susur Lee, who has been called the "Father of Fusion," will be one of the judges. The other two are MasterChef Australia season 4 finalist Audra Morrice and 3-Michelin star chef, Bruno Ménard.

Jake, Lica and Rico are all ordinary Filipinos who decided to further pursue their pasion for the culinary arts through MasterChef Asia. 

Jake, 24, used to prepare lunch for his colleagues when he worked for a bank. He was applying to professional kitchens before he decided to join MasterChef Asia. 

Lica, 29, is a finance sales officer who enjoys cooking at home, especially for her 7-year-old son. Lica is also very athletic and represented the Philippines as part of the Women's National Football Team. 

Rico, 31, is a paralegal today, but used to help his aunt in the school canteen's kitchen. He wants to give back to the community through free culinary workshops for out of school youth and underpriviledged kids. 

With the season set to air on September 3, we can't wait to see how these 3 will infuse Filipino flavors to their dishes in the MasterChef kitchen! –