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 following 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 30 July – 2 August.
Fiji Chefs were represented by Chef Abhinesh Sharma from Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa and Chef 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.
“Whilst the competition against bigger nations is always tough, our team displayed amazing dishes. 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,” Fiji Chefs Association President, Mr Shailesh Naidu, who was also invited as a judge at the competition says.
Mr Naidu also passed sincere gratitude to the management of Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa and Castaway Island Resort for their great support, and Pacific Oz-Tralasia for sponsoring the Fiji Chefs Team again.
Fiji finished third overall while Australia took top honors in all three categories.
All the winners will be traveling to Greece next year to represent the Pacific Rim at the International World Association of Chefs Society WorldChefs Congress and will compete against twenty teams from seven different regions for the world title.
Tourism Fiji Executive Chairman, Mr Truman Bradley says Fiji 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. 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,” Mr Bradley adds.