A TALENTED DUO FROM DUBAI ARE CROWNED CHAMPIONS OF THE SECOND ANCHOR PASTRYCHEF CHALLENGE
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With only one chance to impress the judges, the huge effort by the team from the The Address Downtown Dubai paid-off in spectacular style, as the two chefs were awarded the title of ‘Anchor PastryChef’ champions on Thursday evening in Dubai.
The judges commented that Dedy Supriady and Farid’s, natural flair for pastry and innovative flavour combinations really set them apart from their competitors in this industry-level competition, which was hosted by Fonterra between 6 and 14 April.
The talented pair were competing against 13 teams of the best culinary talent in the region, and both chefs were overwhelmed with their achievement. Dedy, who won the Anchor MasterChef Challenge back in February with his colleague Daniel Edward, was particularly delighted with the team’s victory. “We have both been putting in extra hours back at the hotel’s kitchen to perfect our recipes but as I found out last time, it was so stressful actually creating them together in the nerve-wracking atmosphere of the competition!” says Dedy.
Farid added, “Although industry competitions are tough, I believe they are vital to keep us on our toes so we keep pushing the boundaries. It’s great to have the opportunity to participate in an event where the other competitors regarded it with the same respect and importance.”
The dishes were judged by a panel of independent and accredited chefs, adhering to WACS (World Association of Chefs Societies), recommended standards and The Address Downtown Dubai team were awarded an impressive score of 92 out of 100.
“Working with pastry is not easy and the chefs really stepped up to the mark,” says Chef Peter Hallmanns, Advisory Chef for Fonterra. “This is the second year we have held the Anchor PastryChef competition and all the judges were impressed with the dedication of the competitors.
“I have noticed that since we started hosted these competitions, the chefs are moving away from relying on traditional techniques and ‘typical’ flavours. There is always a place in professional cooking for tradition, but it’s inspiring to see the chefs using their imagination and keeping up-to-date with modern trends.”
The competition once again took place in Fonterra’s Culinarium in Dubai, UAE, its professional, state-of-the-art kitchen, which hosts competitions, workshops and training sessions for chefs from across the GCC throughout the year.
The Address Downtown Dubai received AED 15,000 per team; runners-up, Kenneth Pereira and W. G. Ruwan Kumara from the Mina A’Salam – Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai received AED 10,000 and Richard Zeber and Chanka Buddika from the Ramada Plaza Doha in third place, received AED 5,000.
The Anchor PastryChef Challenge is just one of a number of culinary events being hosted by Fonterra between January and July 2011. The New Zealand-based company is committed to providing young chefs in the Middle East with the opportunity to develop their skills through demanding competitions and challenging workshops.
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