Hotel Asia 2019 begins with over 155 exhibitors, 460 chefs

Hotel Asia Exhibition and International Culinary Challenge 2019 began on Monday, with over 155 exhibitors participating in the biggest annual food and hospitality event in Maldives.

Organised by Maldives Exhibition and Conference Service (MECS) in association with Sri Lankan Exhibition and Conference Services (LECS) and Indian Exhibition and Conference Services (IECS), the Hotel Asia Exhibition and International Culinary Challenge 2019 takes place at the main convention centre of Dharubaaruge in capital Male from October 6-9.

The trade show is one of the key hospitality events in the Maldives, promoting the nation’s food, beverage, hospitality and tourism sectors. It has been endorsed by three bodies: Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Economic Development, and the Maldives National Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Leading resort supplier Bestbuy Maldives (BBM), which has served as the main sponsor of the event since its inception over a decade ago, has continued their support this year as well.

As with previous years, running concurrently with the exhibition is the Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge. A total of 460 chefs are competing in 22 categories at this year’s culinary challenge.

Endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and recognised globally as a World Chefs competition, the Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge is an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to showcase their culinary talents and go head to head with their colleagues from some of the finest culinary establishments across the archipelago. The competition will be judged by a star-studded panel of international chefs, headed by veteran Swiss chef Alan Palmer.

Winners of the culinary challenge will receive amazing opportunities from BBM to take their skills to an international level.

BBM along with the brands they represent have sponsored these categories: Dress the Cake, Novelty Cake, Bread and Pastry Display, Dessert (Display), Tapas/Finger Food, Desserts, Hot Pasta Appetiser, Creative Asian Dish, Creative Sandwich, Team Challenge, Maldivian Dish, Young Chef, Tea Challenge, and Iced Mocktail.

BBM has also sponsored these main awards: Best Culinary Establishment, Most Outstanding Chef, Most Outstanding Pastry Chef, Top Maldivian Chef, and the Best Artist.

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