Monday, October 27, 2014

Huge success for 2014 Origin Salon Culinare

Dessert using only local ingredients.
Port Vila, Vanuatu, 26th October 2014: In celebration of the 10th year of the Vanuatu Chefs and Food Handlers Association the consensus was that it was a very successful event. Billed as the premier hospitality event to showcase Vanuatu chefs, front of house and back of house people, the Origin Salon Culinaire this year included new events and a record number of competitors across all the competition events. President of the Vanuatu Chefs and Food Handlers Association, Isaac Boyle said “The show went extremely well, we are thrilled with the exposure provided for our industry and a big thanks to our sponsors and all the competitors. The annual show is organized by a small group of passionate people who are grateful for the industry support to showcase Ni-Vanuatu talent.” 
“This year we had record number of competitors in the Island Kaekae class and for only the second time in the history of the competition a dish was produced that result in the maximum 100 points with an island kaekae dish from Alick Abel of Iririki Island Resort & Spa. We also had a record number of competitors in the Senior and Junior Chef of the Year classes, The Service Professional of the Year and the Barista Championship.” He said.

“It has been a big year for us as we also launched the Vanuatu Young Chefs Club with the assistance of Minister Ralph Regenvanu and Australia’s Young Chefs Club President Adam Khazaal on International Chefs Day, and we included the new Chocolate competition with ACTIV. The feedback from the visiting international and local judges is that the Vanuatu Salon Culinaire is the best in the Pacific and we hope that we can continue to grow the event with the support of our fantastic sponsors, supporters and the industry” he concluded

The Origin Culinary Arts & Hospitality Show is an annual five day event with cooking and front of house competitions across the industry. The International judges provide unbiased scoring and then feedback to all competitors across the culinary classes, and the front of house competitions. The winners of the classes each received a certificate, a trophy and a TVL prize pack. From the competition the National Culinary Team is selected, this is a team of 6 chefs to be mentored and guided by Air Vanuatu Executive Chef David Holliday.

The final results:
Pasta class - Alick Navie, Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Poultry class - Roslyn George, Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Seafood class - Roslyn George, Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Island Kaekae class - Alick Abel, Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Asian Influenced class - Esther Danmelia, Grand Hotel

Mystery Box Senior - Bill Leonardo, Holiday Inn Resort
Beef Senior - Robert Jeremiah, Chantilly's on the Bay
Dessert Senior - Marciano Rabbi, Iririki Island Resort & Spa

Mystery Box Junior - Donald Loughman, Holiday Inn Resort
Dessert Junior - Therese Luan, Iririki Island Resort & Spa
Beef Junior - Roslyn George, Iririki Island Resort & Spa

Themed Table Setting - Carol Kane, Melanesian Hotel
Bed Making - Elsie Sali, Melanesian Hotel
The Art of Cake - Judi Clelland, Cake Fantasy
The Cocktail Maker of the Year - Aurelie Buleuru, Sunset Bungalows
The Barista Champion of the Year – Florence Thomas, Holiday Inn Resort
The Vila Distribution Service Professional of the Year – Florence Thomas, Holiday Inn Resort
The Moffat Senior Chef of the Year – Bill Leonardo, Holiday Inn Resort
The Vanuatu Cattle Co Junior Chef of the Year – Queeny Serao, Holiday Inn Resort
The Origin Restaurant Challenge of the Year - Holiday Inn Resort

Vanuatu National Culinary Team – Bill Leonardo, Priscilla Meta, Queeny Serao all from Holiday Inn Resort and Alick Abel, Roselyn George, Therese Luan all from Iririki Island Resort and Spa.

Thanks to our sponsors:
Major Sponsor - Origin Energy.
Executive Chef Sponsors - Moffat, Vanuatu Cattle Co, Vila Distribution, BREDBank and TVL.
Head Chef Sponsors - Vanuatu Direct, EcoFresh, Dynamic Suppy Co, Chiko Farms, Vanuatu Agricultural Supplies Ltd, Pacific Suppliers, VHRA, Pacific Oz-tralasia, Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce, Wilco, Libation trading Co.
Sous Chef Sponsors – Pacific Meat Supplies, Stanley Imports, Melanesian Tours, UNELCO, Vate Electrics, Daily Post, 96 Buzz fm, Vittoria Coffee.

Contact info
Mereana Mills
VCFH Association Salon Culinaire Organizing committee
Phone +678 5699945