This year’s popularity of the Chaine competition was no surprise after the great success from last year’s 1st competition held here in the UAE.
16 competitors were competing at this prestigious black box competition at ICCA Dubai. At 12pm the competition briefing started headed by Chef Uwe with all chefs waiting with great anticipation for the revealing of the mystery box which Chef Daniel put together.
After 30 minutes menu writing, the competitors started cooking with the ingredients from the mystery box which included lamb rack. salmon, chicken legs, king prawns, squid, yellow lentils, beans, parsnips, beetroot, pears, plums, star anise and chocolate.
Our kitchen judges kept a good eye on the chefs cooking skills as well as product use and wastage together with their hygiene and work flow. After the culinary creations the tasting judges were put to work marking on presentation, flavours and taste.
Following a post-competition debrief with the judges, the moment finally came that everybody was waiting for …. the announcement of the winner. The winner of the 2nd national competition and representing the UAE in the International competition in Manchester in September is Bholanath Pandey from the Atlantis the Palm. In second place was Sana Quidwai from ICCA Dubai and the 3rd spot was won by Mithun Chamika from the Radisson Blu Deira Creek Hotel.
It was a great competition with a very good standard from all participants who also learnt a great deal during the event.
Thanks to Chef Uwe Micheel, Director of Kitchens- Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, President of the Emirates Chefs Guild and Conseiller Culinaire of the Chaine in the UAE and Chef Daniel Hiltbrunner Conseiller Culinaire Honoraire from ICCA who organized this fantastic competition for young chefs in the UAE.
A big thank you goes to all the judges who made time to come and give their expertise as well as the sponsors, Barakat Quality Plus which provided us with all the fruit and vegetables for the mystery box and common table and the great fresh juices to keep us going. Mitras International Trading, Singh Foodstuff, ELFAB CO and Bifco Foods who provided the main ingredients and ICCA who gave us the facility and hosted the competition.
Vive la Chaine
Chef Daniel Hiltbrunner
Conseiller Culinaire Honoraire