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Moffat Salon Culinaire New Winners Announced

The Fiji Chefs Association has apologised publicly for announcing the incorrect names at the Gala dinner at the Moffat Salon Culinaire at Denarau Island on Friday night. The Fiji Chefs
14 Nov 2016 11:00
Moffat Salon Culinaire New Winners Announced
Fiji Chefs

The Fiji Chefs Association has apologised publicly for announcing the incorrect names at the Gala dinner at the Moffat Salon Culinaire at Denarau Island on Friday night.

The Fiji Chefs Association president Davendra Reddy said it is their responsibility to make this public announcement to ensure fairness and transparency.

This, he said, is an integral part of their integrity and values.

“We fully understand that such mistakes could have been avoided and the impact has already generated a lot of disappointments,” he said.

“The Salon Culinaire Board of Judges-2016 was a full team of professionals. Their fairness cannot be questioned due to their experience, overseen by a World’s Chef Representative as a chief judge.

“The results and points were posted during the whole salon for all classes after all judges sheets have been checked to ensure accuracy and the results tabulated.”

For the first time ever, Mr Reddy said the chefs were given feedback from the judges on how their entry was judged.

This is done so that each competitor could understand and improve their standard.

“The exceptions are the year classes, which was announced during the Gala dinner,” Mr Reddy said.

“As soon as we announced the winners on the evening, the results and records were challenged.

“We immediately called the media to hold on publishing the results into the Saturday newspaper and we acknowledged with appreciation that the media respected our request.”

A recall has been made for all the perpetual Tanoa’s and wooden artifacts as they will be re-presented to the rightful winners this week.

Mr Reddy added they understand the six announced participant are being taken off their moment of recognition and they apologise for this.

“The scores of the all year classes were very close and we believe it is the right thing to action this quickly and efficiently and correct the results before it becomes too late,” he said.

Fiji Chefs Association is a member of the World’s Chefs Association (WACS) and they would like to underline that they are bound by International Salon rules.

“This is why; they will not let this mistake goes unresolved without full transparency and disclosure.”

According to Mr Reddy, due to a tabulation error, the finalists on two classes were incorrectly selected and announced while the ultimate winners were omitted.

“What were announced on the night of the event were the second, third and fourth positions,” he said.

“The correct winners were not announced from the printed sheet.

“We believe, after spending 18 hours on cross checking and recounting that we are processing the right outcome for all. This is regardless of the frustrations that will arise from our error.”

Mr Reddy believes telling the truth to all their competitors about their mistake and result is a form of respect.

He further said this respect is towards their skills, passion and hard work they have engaged in this year’s salon.

“Our judges this year did an amazing job, all the scores given were fair and correct,” Mr Reddy added.

“The reconciliation of the scores were double-checked and when challenged by competitors, re-checked.

“The Chef of the Year class outcome can only be revealed at the Gala Dinner, on the same day, and therefore can only be contested or challenged by the competitors once it is publicly announced.”

Friday evening gala dinner announcement of results were challenged straight away, which made them start the process of investigation as soon as they could.

 

The correct outcome of the 2016 Moffat Salon  Culinaire:

 

Junior Chef of the year 2016:

1st place with Gold medal goes to Nicholas Jordan from Waidroka Beach Resort

2nd place with Silver medal goes to Mufeed Ali from Rhum-Ba

3rd place with Bronze medal goes to Akshay Kumar from Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort

 

Pastry Chef of the year 2016:

1st place with Gold medal goes to Ritesh Nand from Radisson Blu Resort

2nd place with Silver medal goes to Kirtika Naidu from Sheraton Fiji Resort

3rd place with Bronze medal goes to Kelera Nalewabau from Hilton Beach Resort

 

Chef of the year 2016:

1st place with Gold medal goes to Mohammed Asif from Shangri-La’s Fijian resort

2nd place with Silver medal goes to Varish Om Prasad from Sheraton-Westin

3rd place with Bronze medal goes to Asish Kumar from Sofitel Fiji resort and Spa

 

Also a special apology to who were incorrectly awarded:
Prashneel Kumar from Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Kushmeel Narayan from Radisson Blu. The two were incorrectly announced as Fiji Chef of the Year and Junior bronze winners. The tabulated point outcome brings them to fourth position.

 

Akshay Gounder- Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort and Asish   Kumar- Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa were announced as Fiji Chef  of the year and Junior silver winners. The point outcome places them as Bronze winners.

 

Mufeed Ali – Rhum-Ba and Varish Om Prasad- Westin- Sheraton, were by their mistake, announced Fiji Chef of the year gold finalists.Their point outcome places them as silver finalists.

 

The Association had also apologised to:

 

Chris Zaayman, general manager of Goodman Fielders

Clifford Morris, Marketing manager of Goodman Fielders

Doreen Francis, Food Service manager of Goodman Fielders

Dixon Seeto, president of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association

 

 

Edited by: Rachna Lal

Feedback:  farzana.nisha@fijisun.com.fj



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