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Fijian Chefs Qualify For Global Challenge

Fijian chefs are making their presence felt and have sent out a message to the top chefs from around the world that they can compete with the best in the
18 Aug 2015 09:37
Fijian Chefs Qualify For Global Challenge
Fijian chefs Abhinesh Sharma and Rohit Singh with the medals they won at the Pacific Rim Global Chefs competition.

Fijian chefs are making their presence felt and have sent out a message to the top chefs from around the world that they can compete with the best in the culinary industry.

This follows their strong finish at the International Pacific Rim Global Chefs competition held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The Pacific Rim competition served as a qualification round for entry into the 5th WorldChefs Global Chef Challenge – where the world’s best chefs meet to compete – in Athens, Greece in September 2016.

The Pacific Oz-Tralasia sponsored Fiji Chefs Team competed in three different categories against the rest of the Pacific that included Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu and Guam from July 30 to August 2.

Fijian Chefs were represented by Abhinesh Sharma from Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa and Rohit Singh from Castaway Island Resort.

The two competed for the World Chefs accredited Global Chef Challenge and Global Junior Chef Challenge respectively both scooped silver medals in their categories as well as a bronze medal on the overall points tally.

The two Fijians chefs will now be competing in the global challenge come next year.

“Whilst the competition against bigger nations is always tough, our team displayed amazing dishes,” said Fiji Chefs Association President, Shailesh Naidu, who was also invited as a judge at the competition.

“Both the Chefs 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.”

 

World title

Fiji finished third overall while Australia took top honours in all three categories.

All the winners will be travelling to Greece next year to represent the Pacific Rim at the International World Association of Chefs Society WorldChefs Congress.

They will compete against 20 teams from seven different regions for the world title.

Tourism Fiji executive chairman, Truman Bradley, said Fijian chefs achievements was positive news for the industry and congratulated the Fiji Chefs Team.

“Their feats illustrate that we have a lot of talent in Fiji,” he said.

“Exposing our chefs to global food trends and highly competitive events as such, allow them to hone their skills to international standards to ensure the tourists’ expectations are exceeded.

“Rubbing shoulders with the best in the world just brings out the best in our people in how they apply themselves to their work, combined with the genuine Fijian hospitality.”

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