Bangkok, June 2: Asia’s Regional Global Chefs Challenge Regional Semi-Finals started yesterday and continue until tomorrow, with Young Chefs, Global Chefs and Pastry chefs vying to win top spot to move on to the Worldchefs Congress & Expo July 2018 world finals in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
So far the competition – and the pressure – has been fierce!
The task: produce a seafood or fish starter, veal main, and dessert using fruit, chocolate and Dilmah tea: on the clock in two hours, for 3 people, in an unfamiliar kitchen, with a panel of esteemed international judges looking on. The results have been mouthwatering. Well done to all the competitors for your hard work and dedication.
Chef Corentin from Cambodia had this to say about his performance; “Ooofff – it’s finished! Lots of things happen in this two hours,” he said in reference to the intense time-limit set on chefs, with points deducted for going over. A head chef in Siem Reap, this was his second competition but he admitted he felt a little bit sad over the results –working with unfamiliar equipment is a challenge he said.
Judges Aminath Shaanee, Abdulla Sobah, and Ishag Solih were unanimous that the level of competition was extraordinary, stating the chefs excellence as well as the vigilant management from the lead organizers as reasons this event stands out, perhaps unsurprising given the vast experience and global esteem of the international judging panel, lead by Dr Rick Stephen, Continental Director – Asia for Worldchefs.
When asked how to keep personal bias – say a preference for savoury versus sweet – from affecting the results, Chef Shaanee explained that it is all about discussing the results together as a panel. “You judge as an individual but also as a team,” she said.
For chefs and judges alike, the chance to have the opportunity to be a part of the competition is a driving force of getting involved. So much is learned through competition, and industry standards are raised by pushing chefs to their best.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's competition and to find out who will go on to compete in next year's GCC Final, Worlchefs Congress & Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. And don’t miss your chance to register today for discounted rates to attend the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018. www.worldchefs2018.org
[PHOTO CAPTION: CHEF CORENTIN ENTRY, SEAFOOD STARTER]
About the Global Chefs Challenge Series
The Global Chefs Challenge Series is where the world’s best chefs meet to compete in three categories: the Global Chefs Challenge, the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge, and the Global Young Chefs Challenge.
Global Chefs and Global Pastry Chefs face off at the Worldchefs Congress and Expo, a don’t miss bi-annual global event attended by chefs from more than 100 countries.
The next GCC Series final takes place at Asia on Plate – Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2018, from July 11 – 14, 2018.
Global Young Chefs compete in a Young Chefs Challenge Final, held for the first-time this year at Sirha, the international trade show that is also home to Bocuse d’Or and the World Pastry Cup. Stay tuned for details about the next GCC Young Chefs Finals.
About the Global Chefs Challenge
In the Global Chefs Challenge Finals, the best chefs in the world aged 26 and up compete to show their skills, and to prove how adaptable they are in the day-to- day challenges of running a kitchen. Their culinary creations must follow guidelines such as being appetizing and tasteful, while also showing off exemplary plating for ease of service.
About the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge
xpect top performances from the cream of the crop at the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge Finals. Competitors work to prove they can meet the standards of the world’s most modern patisseries, while showing an appeal to the five senses, along with knowledge, extraordinary technique and of course versatility.
If you wish to prove your pastry skills are world-class, contact your National Chefs Association for information about selection in your country today!
About The Global Young Chefs Challenge
The Global Young Chefs Challenge was created in 2002 by Worldchefs to promote and groom young chefs in their culinary careers. The competition is open to chefs aged 25 and younger.
Until this 2017 edition, The Global Young Chefs Challenge was run simultaneously with the Global Chefs Challenge and the Global Pastry Chefs Challenge, a world-respected competition.
This year for the first time ever, the Global Young Chefs Challenge Final was held at Sirha, the international trade show that is also home to Because d’Or and the World Pastry Cup.
The World Association of Chefs' Societies (Worldchefs) is a non-political professional organization, dedicated to maintaining and improving the culinary standards of global cuisines.
We accomplish these goals through education and professional development of our international membership, through skills-building and competitions, and through sustainability and humanitarian initiatives. As an authority and opinion leader on food, Worldchefs represents a global voice on all issues related to the culinary profession.
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