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#ShowUsYourPlate highlights from World Food Day 2023

On October 16th, 2023 we celebrated World Food Day! Chefs from all around the world came together to celebrate our industry and reflect on ways to take action and shape a more sustainable future for the culinary world.

This year, we asked you to reflect on our impact on the planet, take action, and #ShowUsYourPlate. Over 196,963 chefs from around the world engaged in our campaign! We’re thankful to all of our chefs from around the world who shared their delicious, sustainable plates with us!

Here are just some of your creations!

World Food Day is yearly reminder of the importance of shaping a more sustainable and equitable food system. And it can be as easy as wasting less food, trying new things, and eating more plants but it will take all of us to take action every day! To find more information about how we can all create a more sustainable food future, check out our Feed the Planet projects.

Thank you to our partners, Electrolux Food Foundation and AIESEC To learn more about how we can sustainably feed our populations growing planet, check out “The Magic Puzzle: a film about sustainable food for today and tomorrow” from Electrolux Food Foundation.

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Have yourself a Merry Little Tea-inspired Christmas!

Have yourself a Merry Little Tea-inspired Christmas!

Unlock the magic of the season with the Dilmah Book of Christmas Tea Mixology, Pairing & Gastronomy- the ultimate guide to infusing tea magic into your celebrations. From festive tea cocktails to delectable food pairings, this book will take your Christmas gathering to a whole new level of flavour and flair.
Available now, let the festivities begin!

Learn more at DilmahTea.com.


ABOUT DILMAH TEA

Sri Lankan family tea company Dilmah, was established by Merrill J. Fernando to bring quality, Single Origin Ceylon Tea, garden fresh and unblended, to tea drinkers around the world. His Dilmah Tea brand was the first genuinely ethical tea brand, bringing a smile to the faces of the underprivileged in Sri Lanka, whilst giving consumers quality, authenticity and natural goodness in their cup of tea.


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Tahoon Cress Flavored Butter

See Koppert Cress’ recipe for Tahoon Cress Flavored Butter:

INGREDIENTS

  • 200 grams soft unsalted butter
  • 2 table spoons Tahoon cress pulp (remaining of the tahoon cress oil process)

    METHOD

    • Soften the butter to “pommade” stage.
    • Add the Tahoon Cress pulp and mix well.
    • Let set and serve.
    Tahoon Cress Flavored Butter

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    CAP & COTHM’s grand culinary show steals the spotlight at 11th WEXNET Exhibition by TDAP

    Celebrity Chef Gulzar Wows Audiences, Live Cooking Competitions Thrill Spectators, and Diverse Exhibitors Impress at Three-Day Extravaganza

    Chefs Association of Pakistan (CAP) and College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM) orchestrated a spectacular culinary show during the 11th WEXNET Exhibition, an event organized by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan. From mesmerizing culinary demonstrations by Celebrity Chef Gulzar to thrilling live cooking competitions featuring COTHM’s culinary arts female students and home chefs, the event was a culinary masterpiece that left a lasting impression on all attendees.

    Celebrity Chef Gulzar Steals the Show

    A highlight of the event was the presence of Celebrity Chef Gulzar, specially invited from Karachi, who left the audience in awe with his culinary prowess. Chef Gulzar’s captivating culinary demonstrations showcased his expertise and creativity, leaving the audience with tantalizing flavors and valuable cooking tips.

    Live Cooking Competitions

    Culinary arts female students and skilled home chefs from the platforms of CAP and COTHM battled it out in live cooking competitions that added an element of excitement and competition to the event. These talented chefs impressed the judges and spectators with their culinary skills and innovative dishes.

    Diverse Exhibitors Shine

    The event featured an array of exhibitors that catered to various tastes and interests. Stalls from CAP, COTHM, Chocolate Academy, Diet Studio, Cafe Xpress, Scrunchies.pk, Ethnic Jewels, House of Threads, Khaas – o – Aam, and Marfa Cafe offered a diverse range of products and services, enhancing the overall experience for attendees.

    Fun-Eating Competition Delights

    The ‘Fun-eating competition’ hosted by Fraaz Kasuri brought a touch of fun and entertainment to the culinary show. Participants and spectators alike enjoyed the light-hearted competition, making it a memorable part of the event.

    Sponsors and Partnerships

    The success of the event was made possible through the generous support of sponsors and partners. Bank of the Punjab served as the title sponsor, while KnN’s joined as the Chicken Partner, Islanders Choice as the Spice Partner, Ambassador Commercial Kitchen Equipment as the Kitchen Partner, and Dawn Bread as the Fun-eating Competition Partner. Rose Petal Professional ensured hygiene standards were maintained throughout the event as the Hygiene Partner.

    Global Audience

    The culinary show attracted high-profile dignitaries and guests not only from Pakistan but also from various parts of the world. This international presence highlighted the global appeal and recognition of CAP and COTHM’s culinary expertise.

    The three-day culinary extravaganza organized by CAP and COTHM at the 11th WEXNET Exhibition was a resounding success, leaving attendees inspired and satisfied. The combination of culinary excellence, live competitions, diverse exhibitors, and valuable partnerships made this event a must-visit for all food enthusiasts and industry professionals. CAP and COTHM continue to set the standard for culinary excellence in Pakistan and beyond.

    Learn more about the Chefs Association of Pakistan on their official website.


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    Chefs Association of Pakistan & COTHM host world’s largest chefs’ gathering

    Chefs Association of Pakistan (CAP), with the strategic partnership of College of Tourism & Hotel Management (COTHM), Chocolate Academy, and Diet Studio and the endorsement of Worldchefs celebrated International Chefs Day with unprecedented grandeur at Alhamra Hall 1, Mall Road, Lahore.

    This momentous occasion, graced by the presence of esteemed guests and a record-breaking gathering of over 2500 culinary professionals, showcased the culinary excellence and talent that Pakistan has to offer. The event not only promoted the culinary prowess of Pakistan but also took the bar high in the respect of the ‘white jacket’ in the world.

    The event was presented by Nestle Professional, powered by Young’s Food and Shangrila Foods, and executed in association with KnN’s and Ambassador Commercial Kitchen Equipment. Pakistan’s number-one fast food brand Cheezious joined the event as Industry Partner.

    The day commenced with a spectacular chefs parade, setting the stage for an unforgettable celebration of the culinary arts; Minister of State for Tourism, Wasi Shah, graced the occasion as the Chief Guest.

    CAP President Ahmad Shafiq delivered a warm welcome address, expressing his delight in hosting the talented chefs and urging them to join the ranks of CAP. He acknowledged the role of Worldchefs in bringing awareness among the masses about the chefs’ profession and uniting the chefs of the world under one umbrella. He also appreciated International Chefs Day 2023’s theme ‘Growing Great Chefs’ and said that the world needs to work on the training of young chefs and COTHM in Pakistan is already doing this service, considering it as an obligation. He also unveiled an exciting announcement – the Pakistan International Culinary Championship (PICC), scheduled for February 13, 14, 15, 2023, promising to be a prestigious culinary event of international repute.

    A highlight of the evening was the induction of CAP’s executive committee members, who took an oath from President Ahmad Shafiq and were presented with chef belts, signifying their commitment to the culinary craft.

    The crowning moment of the event was the Chefs Achievement Awards – Lahore, 2023, where outstanding professional chefs were honored with beautiful trophies in various categories. Chief Guest Wasi Shah, CAP President Ahmad Shafiq and CAP Senior Vice President Waqar Ilyas presented the awards to these deserving recipients, acknowledging their exceptional contributions to the culinary world.

    The festivities came to a sweet conclusion with a delightful cake-cutting ceremony, where a delectable cake, generously provided by Pakistan’s premium bakery brand Mini Treats, was shared among the attendees. Cheezious, Pakistan’s leading fast food brand, added to the excitement by distributing free vouchers to the professional chefs, ensuring that the culinary celebration continued even after the event.

    The International Chefs Day Celebrations and Chefs Achievement Awards (CAA) Lahore 2023 was a resounding success, epitomizing the passion and dedication of Pakistan’s culinary community. It was a day when gastronomy took center stage, and chefs were celebrated for their exceptional talents and contributions to the world of food.

    Learn more about the Chefs Association of Pakistan on their official website.


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    Algae Powder Bread

    See Koppert Cress’ recipe for Algae Powder Bread:

    INGREDIENTS

    • 13 gr fresh yeast
    • 500 gr strong bread flour
    • 10 gr fine sea salt
    • 350 gr warm water
    • 2 tbsp Algae Powder Aventurine
    • 1 tbsp Algae Powder Emerald

    EQUIPMENT

    • Dehydrator machine
    • Stand mixer
    • Basket
    • Oven

    METHOD

    • Measure all ingredients.
    • Mix the flour and Algae Powders.
    • Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
    • Add the salt to the flour and Algae Powders.
    • Put the flour mixture in the bowl of the stand mixer.
    • Put the stand mixer down and turn on.
    • Slowly add the yeast with water to the bowl while the stand mixer mixes.
    • Mix for 5 minutes.
    • Place the dough on a plate.
    • Knead the dough well for 2 minutes. Pull the dough towards you and back, turn it and again.
    • Keep kneading to get air into the dough.
    • Sprinkle flour in a basket.
    • Make a ball of dough and make sure the bottom of the ball is closed.
    • Place the ball in the basket.
    • Let the dough rise for 90 minutes in a warm room.
    • Preheat the oven to 250 ℃.
    • Make a design on the top of the dough ball.
    • Bake the bread for 25 minutes at 225 ℃
    • Remove the bread from the oven after 25 minutes and let it cool.
    • Cut it into slices and serve.
    Algae Powder Bread

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    Brewing Ambition: A celebration of 75 years of friendship & skills between Sri Lankans & Australians

    Celebrating the 75-year-old friendship between Sri Lanka and Australia!

    Since 1985, a cup of Dilmah Ceylon tea has been fostering this special connection, transforming a tea maker’s vision into an unbreakable bond between two nations. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, we raised our cups at the Australia House in Colombo at a special feast prepared by Chef Peter Kuruvita and the talented chefs-in-training from Dilmah Tea’s Empower Culinary School. Steeped in the essence of the world’s finest pure Ceylon tea and enriched with Sri Lanka’s superfoods like Gotukola and Jackfruit, it was an evening filled with nurturing aspirations and deepening bonds of friendship!


    ABOUT DILMAH TEA

    Sri Lankan family tea company Dilmah, was established by Merrill J. Fernando to bring quality, Single Origin Ceylon Tea, garden fresh and unblended, to tea drinkers around the world. His Dilmah Tea brand was the first genuinely ethical tea brand, bringing a smile to the faces of the underprivileged in Sri Lanka, whilst giving consumers quality, authenticity and natural goodness in their cup of tea.


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    Functions of Red Palm Oil and benefits of its antioxidants in beverage products

    Antioxidants 

    During normal activities, our body’s cells produce reactive substances called free radicals. Free radicals are prooxidants, which contribute to degenerative diseases and are neutralised by antioxidants made by the body. If antioxidants are unavailable, a high concentration of prooxidant compounds can induce oxidative stress and may cause damage to our body. Fortunately, additional antioxidants can be obtained from foods including fruits, vegetables, and oils such as Red Palm Oil (RPO). 

    RPO is packed with antioxidants 

    RPO is rich in vitamin E tocotrienols and carotenoids. One kilogramme of Malaysian RPO contains 600-100 mg vitamin E Tocotrienols and 500-700 mg of carotenoids. These beneficial constituents in RPO help promote good health. Vitamin E tocotrienols are potent antioxidants that are more effective than tocopherols. Tocotrienols have 60 times higher antioxidant activity than tocopherols. The remarkable functional properties of palm tocotrienols include:  

    • Potential oxidative stress reduction   
    • Potential cognitive enhancement  
    • Potential cardioprotection 
    • Potential anti-inflammatory property 

    Our body can convert some of the carotenoids from foods into vitamin A for various body functions. Vitamin A is important for normal vision, the immune system, reproduction, as well as growth and development. Vitamin A also helps the heart, lungs, and other organs work properly. Besides vitamin E and carotenoids, other noteworthy phytonutrients present in RPO are squalene, CoEnzyme Q10, and phytosterol. 

    Applications of RPO in beverages 

    RPO has many applications, and one of them is in the production of beverages such as instant coffee, tea, emulsion drinks, and many others. The incorporation of RPO elevates the nutritional value of the end products. Fats, including RPO, contribute to the flavour, colour, antioxidant stability, and viscosity of beverage products. Furthermore, RPO might now be more easily incorporated into products without losing its antioxidants through the microencapsulation technology. The following are some examples of beverage products fortified with RPO and their nutritional benefits. 

    The incorporation of RPO elevates the nutritional values of the end products

    Instant Coffee Beverages 

    Our favourite beverage, instant coffee, is just regular coffee made from real coffee beans that have been dried out and preserved for our convenience. Coffee beans contain antioxidant compounds such as phenolic compounds and flavonoids. A combination of RPO with other high-antioxidant ingredients, such as coffee, will help boost our antioxidant intake. An antioxidant-rich instant coffee beverage prepared with coconut sugar and RPO can help meet antioxidant demands, particularly among those with unhealthy habits such as smoking. An average of 500–1000 mg/100 g of carotenes can be obtained by adding 0.3-0.5% RPO to the coconut sugar and coffee blends.   

    The combination of RPO with other high antioxidant ingredients such as coffee will help boost your antioxidant intake

    Tea 

    Rooibos is a unique herbal tea made from the leaves and stems of the Aspalathus linearis, and it is packed with polyphenolic compounds. A combination of RPO and rooibos tea has been reported to exhibit potential cardioprotective properties due to its high antioxidant content. The antioxidants in RPO, paired with polyphenolic compounds in rooibos tea, were found to have anti-inflammatory effects in animal studies. Therefore, the combination of these bioactive compounds is suggested to have the potential to increase antioxidant activity in the body, which could result in enhanced protection against certain health conditions caused by inflammation. 

    Emulsion drinks 

    RPO has the potential to be developed into nutritious emulsion drinks. This type of product can be made based on oil-in-water emulsion techniques (oil suspended in a water part) using the homogenisation method, to form nanoemulsion and microemulsion. These techniques produce smaller emulsion particle sizes, offer greater stability than regular macroemulsions, and are widely used in functional food or pharmaceutical products. This innovation helps to prevent carotenoid loss during storage and also improves its bioavailability. For example, a whey protein-based RPO emulsion was found to be highly stable against oxidation during long-term storage at room temperature. Fruity flavours such as orange or mango can be added to increase its palatability. This emulsion drink is an alternative product to prevent vitamin A deficiency, which affects many children in developing countries. 

    Fruit juice 

    The nanoemulsion of RPO can also be added to many other types of beverage products when further improved with encapsulating materials such as casein or gum arabic to protect the carotenoids. This is also to stabilise their natural pigments, which contribute to the orange-red colour. The advantage is that it can be added to products such as yoghurt drinks and fruit juices as a natural colourant. Carotenoids in RPO nanoemulsion used as colourants in drinks such as orange juice were reported to be stable when stored at 37oC for four weeks. 

    RPO has numerous uses in food products including beverages. RPO enhances the products’ antioxidant content because it is high in carotenoids and vitamin E. These antioxidants may help safeguard our body from degenerative diseases caused by oxidative stress. In light of the numerous health advantages, food producers should consider using sustainable certified Malaysian RPO in various food products!   

    More information here: 

    1. https://www.foodandnutritionjournal.org/volume11number2/antioxidant-properties-of-coconut-sugar-instant-coffee-beverages-produced-using-red-palm-oil-and-coffee-powder/ 
    1. https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article/75/2/98/2965109 
    1. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12950-014-0041-4 
    1. https://www.scitepress.org/Papers/2020/106412/106412.pdf 
    1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0308814621022585 
    2. https://journal.ugm.ac.id/ifnp/article/view/70924 

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    Daikon Cress Vegetable Stock

    See Koppert Cress’ recipe for Daikon Cress Vegetable Stock:

    INGREDIENTS

    • 4 punnets Daikon Cress
    • 1.5 liter water

    METHOD

    • Pour the cold water in a pan.
    • Add the freshly cut Daikon Cress to the cold water and bring to the simmering point.
    • Let simmer for 5 minutes and take off the heat.
    • Let infuse until completely cold.
    • Transfer the stock in a bottle until use
    Daikon vegetable stock

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    Rice Paper Crackers Algae Powder Emerald

    See Koppert Cress’ recipe for Rice Paper Crackers Algae Powder Emerald:

    INGREDIENTS

    • 2 sheets of rice paper
    • 1 egg white
    • 1 tbsp Algae Powder Emerald
    • Vegetable oil for frying

    EQUIPMENT

    • Brush
    • Scissors
    • Tweezer
    • Paper

    METHOD

    • Separate the egg white from the egg yolk.
    • Stir the egg white for 10 seconds.
    • Spread the egg white over one side of the rice paper with a brush.
    • Sprinkle the rice paper with Algae Powder Emerald.
    • Roll up the rice paper and cut into four pieces.
    • Spread the egg white also over the other side of the rice paper with a brush to straighten it.
    • Also sprinkle with Algae Powder Emerald.
    • Put the rice paper on a plate and leave it for 15 minutes.
    • Fill a pan with vegetable oil and let it heat up.
    • Deep-fry the rice papers for a few seconds on each side.
    • Place the rice crackers on paper and drain out the oil.
    • Place the rice crackers on a plate.

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