Saeed Mohamed Wins as Most Outstanding Chef at Hotel Asia Culinary Challenge 2011

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

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 which went on for three days has concluded.

Saeed Mohamed of Hulhulé Island Hotel was chosen as both the Top Maldivian Chef and the Most Outstanding Chef. Hulhulé Island Hotel won as the Best Culinary Establishment.

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.

During an exclusive interview with Maldives Promotion House, Chef Alan Palmer said that the event brought together rising chefs from different parts of the world.

“The number of participants is growing each year. We have more chefs participating than exhibitors. This year we had some 350 chefs. We also had some very good Maldivian chefs as well,” Palmer said.

He also noted that the major problem faced by the event organisers is the lack of space for the Culinary Challenge. “While we surely will have more chefs coming in for the next challenge, we fear we may not have enough space to host the event,” Palmer noted.

The judging panel was lead by world renowned Chef Alan Palmer, Chef and member of the World Association of Chefs Society (WACS). The culinary contest was organised by Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services (Pvt) Ltd (MECS), a subsidiary of South Asia Exhibition Services (Pvt) Ltd based in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


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