Team Maldives won recognition and an accolade as the 'Most Promising Talent among the 12 countries which competed for the most important Pastry Competition in Asia.
Two Maldivian pastry chefs’, Chef Aminath Hameed from Conrad Maldives Rangali and Chef Ibrahim Fareed from Soneva Fushi Resort along with Chef Indra Kumar Limbu (Team Coach) from Hulhule Island Hotel represented team Maldives competed for the first time at the Asian Pastry Cup which was held from 24th and 25th of April at the Singapore Expo coinciding with Food & Hotel Asia 2018 (FHA Singapore).
Maldives competed alongside Asian culinary giants Australia, Singapore, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, China, India, Taiwan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Syria in an 8-hour long competition in which they had to prepare and present a chocolate showpiece, a sugar showpiece, 18 plated desserts and two chocolate pastries.
Team Maldives was adjudged the Most Promising Talent by a very imminent jury comprising the likes of founder of the World Pastry Cup, Gabriel Paillasson.
The team, sponsored by leading resort supplier Bestbuy Maldives (BBM) and Maldives Exhibition & Conference Services (MECS) the organizers of the annual Hotel Asia Exhibition & Culinary Challenge in the Maldives and mentored by Chef Alan Palmer.
"Congratulations to our Chefs who recently participated in the Asian Pastry Cup 2018 and were named the Most Promising Talent after competing with over 12 countries. We are delighted regarding this achievement and will keep on supporting the promising Maldivian Culinary Industry” Mohamed Mazloom, Director/CEO of BBM said.
“We are extremely proud to be in Partnership with BBM to allow the talented chefs in Maldives to participate in the Asian Pastry Cup 2018. It truly was a delight to witness our Chefs receive the "Most Promising Talent" at such a renowned competition” Husnie Rauf, General Manager of MECS added.
Bestbuy Maldives (BBM), a leading Maldivian conglomerate heading resort supplies in the archipelago together with Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services (MECS), the organizers of Hotel Asia Exhibition & International Culinary Challenge believe in invigorating the skills of the Local Chefs in the Maldives and has taken this initiative to Sponsor the Team to the Asian Pastry Cup for the very first time. MECS and BBM also sponsored Chefs to various other competitions in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong in the past.
BBM & MECS also takes very keen interest to impart knowledge, skills and latest techniques to the Chefs in the Island Nation and has conducted a series of Masterclass Workshops by the top most figures in the Culinary World such as award-winning Michelin Star Chefs, Bocuse d’Or Winners, Culinary Olympic Champions and Professors in Gastronomy to name a few.