Hotel Asia 2011 Begins in Malé

Maldives Promotion House – Hotel Asia 2011 Exhibition and Culinary Challenge started today in Dharubaaruge, at the capital city Malé. The event to promote food and beverages, and the hotel industry in Maldives, will continue for two days.

The exhibition is held in Dharubaaruge and will be judged by a panel of international judges. The judging panel includes the Swiss chefs Alan Palmer and Otto Weibel, along with chef Eric Teo, and Sarath Fernando.

The Hotel Asia Exhibition is the single largest event in the Maldives that showcases food, drink, foodservice, hospitality and hotel equipment industries.

From many countries including India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, and China, some 52 companies participated in this year’s event, with some 350 chefs participating in the culinary challenge.

The culinary challenge is one of the highly anticipated events at Hotel Asia where many chefs from the local resorts and hotels take part vying for top honours. The challenge will be open from 10:00AM to 07:00 PM every day until the 16th of July.

The challenge is divided into 16 classes. These include, Dress the Cake, Novelty Cake, Fruit & Vegetable Carving, Desserts, Bread & Pastry Display, Hot Cooking – Lamb, Hot Cooking – Seafood, Hot Cooking – Poultry, Hot Cooking – Beef, Student, Creative Salads, Maldivian Dish, Team Challenge, Hot Appetizers, Vegetarian, and Cocktails.

Awards will be given to the Most Outstanding Chef, Top Maldivian Chef, and the Best Culinary Establishment. A best chef will also be chosen from each of the classes and will be awarded trophies.

The challenge provides an excellent opportunity to meet hundreds of food and beverage executives over a span of three days making it a dynamic marketplace for face-to-face business and industry innovation.

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