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Silver, Bronze For Our Chefs At Auckland Competition

The Pacific Oz-Tralasia-sponsored Fiji Chefs Team returned with silver and a bronze medals from the Global Chefs Challenge in Auckland, New Zealand, last week. The Fijian team consisted of chef
14 Aug 2015 11:13
Silver, Bronze For Our Chefs At Auckland Competition
Fijian chefs Abhinesh Sharma (left) and Rohit Singh with their medals in New Zealand last week. Photo: Fiji Chefs Association

The Pacific Oz-Tralasia-sponsored Fiji Chefs Team returned with silver and a bronze medals from the Global Chefs Challenge in Auckland, New Zealand, last week.
The Fijian team consisted of chef Abhinesh Sharma (Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa) and Rohit Singh (Castaway Island Resort).
They competed in the World Chefs accredited Global Chef Challenge and Global Junior Chef Challenge.
They both won silver medals in their categories plus a bronze medal for the overall points tally.
“Fiji was in the top three with only a slight points difference that separated each team,” said Fiji Chefs Association president Shailesh Naidu. He was also one of the judges for the competition.
Mr Naidu said this competition had chefs from New Zealand, Guam, Vanuatu, Fiji and Australia. The winners would represent the Pacific Rim in the Global Finals in Greece next year.
“Whilst the competition against bigger nations is always tough, our team displayed some amazing dishes. Both were highly commended by all judges, and I can very proudly say these young Fijian chefs were not just a number out there but gave the winning team a good run for their money,” he added.
Mr Naidu thanked Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, Castaway Island Resort for their great support and Pacific Oz-Tralasia for again sponsoring the team.
“It would have been very hard to put a national team together and would like to sincerely thank each one of them for all their support,” he said.
“I hope Fiji Chefs can get similar support from the tourism sector so we can do more international events resulting in a lot more of our upcoming Fijian chefs acquiring that much-needed exposure and showcasing Fiji as a food destination.”
The Fiji Chefs Association also donated $20,000 to the Vanuatu Chefs Association for Vanuatu flood relief, after hosting a fundraising dinner.
“This small contribution would assist in rebuilding, equipping catering schools; a kitchen garden initiative and a couple other Vanuatu chefs projects,” Mr Naidu said.
He also thanked Rhum-Ba at the Denarau Yacht Club for the amazing venue for the fundraising dinner, Fiji Chefs members, particularly chefs Darren and Valentin for executing this project seamlessly.
“These two gentlemen put in an immense amount of time and effort into this event and the credit goes to them for a job very well done,” said Naidu.
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