Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality show hosts Pacific Culinary Challenge.


The Vanuatu Chefs & Food Handlers Association annual event promoting the Restaurant, Food Service & Hospitality Industry - The Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality Show is on again in 2012 - slightly later than usual – at the very end of October. This is because the VCFHA is playing host to an annual competition between Pacific members of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) - A non for profit organisation representing over 10 Million Chefs and 93 nations worldwide. The Pacific Culinary Challenge is a live cooking competition consisting of two team events. 

Two Chefs – a Senior and Junior  - selected from the best of each nations Associations compete against one another in a competition similar to that of the very popular MasterChef , My Kitchen Rules and Iron Chef Television programmes. This event will see four teams travelling to Vanuatu to compete. Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Guam will all be represented. Vanuatu will have its own National Culinary Team competing in the event. 

Members of the public are invited to come watch and see some of the Pacific’s best Chefs in action. The International event will take place on the 01st & 02nd of November. During the 4 days, there are bed-making competitions, cocktail-making & table service competitions, Coffee making, Live cooking and Cold displays of competitors work. Giving the public a chance to see hard working industry staff doing what they do best. The event is held each year to showcase & develop the skills of some Vanuatu’s best Hospitality people, allowing them to compete alongside each other in a fun environment where recognition is received for excellence. 

The other feature event – The Origin Energy Vanuatu Restaurant Challenge will also be on from the 31st of October, a team event where Establishments enter teams of 4 (2 chefs & 2 wait staff) that will prepare a three course lunch of their own signature dishes – that will be matched with wine & served to guests on site. All aspects of the Teams Restaurant Experience will be judged - from the menu design to presentation of food and the service delivery of the wait staff. The winning establishment will receive the first prize – donated by Origin of 100,000VT. It is the only Restaurant competition for Vanuatu. The public are welcome to come see what’s going on, entry to the showgrounds - Between Chantillys and Moorings Hotels on Lini Highway is free of charge.

The competition begins on the 30th of October and finishes on the 02nd of November. All are welcome to come & support their friends and family and see what’s going on.