Friday, June 8, 2012

Bred Banque Salon Culinaire secures Pacific Rim Challenge

Media release, Vanuatu Chefs and Food Handlers Association: Exciting Industry News! – The Bred Bank Salon Culinaire has dates announced. The annual culinary arts & hospitality show will take place from the 30th of October through to the 02nd November this year. In 2012 there are two exciting additions to the competition format to announce also! Whilst in Korea at WACS Congress – the Vanuatu Chefs Association tendered to host the Pacific Rim Challenge - A competition between member countries within the Pacific Rim Continent of WACS. It went to ballot and it was voted unanimously to be held in Vanuatu! Given the success of the Vanuatu show last year all Pacific members were keen to get involved. This international competition will run alongside the National Salon Culinaire at the end of October. This will see Culinary teams (consisting of the best Chefs of the nations participating) travelling to Vanuatu to compete in a “Masterchef” style competition to see who will be crowned Culinary Champions of the Pacific. Vanuatu will be hosting teams from Australia, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand and possibly the Cook Islands. Alongside the teams & managers the Salon Culinaire will be hosting the Pacific Continental Director Mr Glenn Austin of WACS along with the Presidents of the New Zealand Chefs Association, Australian Culinary Federation and Micronesian Chefs Association from Guam as well as a number of international judges. This is very exciting for the Hospitality & Tourism Industry here in Vanuatu and will make our premier industry event bigger than ever before. The Salon includes within its many competitions – The Cocktail maker of the year, Housekeeper of the year, Vanuatu Chef of the year, and the hotly contested Origin Cup – Mystery Box Team Challenge . The other exciting announcement is that of the International Barista Competition, - After a successful National competition was held at the Seafront stage late last month  – the top 5 Ni-Vanuatu place getters will be going up against International competitors at the VCLA’s International event that is part of the Salon Culinaire Week. The Vanuatu Chefs & Food Handlers Association welcomes the Vanuatu Coffee Lovers Association to the Salon Culinaire and looks forward to great event. For more information contact admin@vanuatuchefs.com or phone +678 7745469. Above images left to right: Iririki’s Alick Abel competing in the Origin Energy Cup, The Bred Bank Salon Culinaire Show grounds between Moorings & Chantillys Hotels, Vanuatu Chef of the Year 2011 -  Holiday Inn’s Bill Leonardo with his prize.