Outrig­ger Chefs Win Bronze In Big Chef Event In Auck­land

Event con­tested by six teams from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Guam

Fiji Sun - - Suncity - WAISEA NASOKIA Edited by Paula Tu­vuki

Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort chefs Mo­hammed Sham­mer and Navneet Reddy were awarded the bronze medal in the Gourmet Pa­cific Chal­lenge 2016 in Auck­land, New Zealand. The event was con­tested by six teams from Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Guam.

This was the first in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion for both chefs who had pre­vi­ously been named Fiji Chef of the Year and Fiji Ju­nior Chef of the Year re­spec­tively in our lo­cal chef ’s com­pe­ti­tion, the Mof­fat Salon Culinare.

Fiji Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Daven­dra Reddy said this was a good sign to see lo­cal chefs in in­ter­na­tional events.

“This shows that Fi­jians are well rep­re­sented in the culi­nary in­dus­try and to come back with a medal com­pet­ing with the top chefs is an achieve­ment in it­self,” he said. Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort ex­ec­u­tive chef Shailesh Naidu said the Gourmet Pa­cific con­test had been tough and chal­leng­ing for his team, par­tic­u­larly work­ing with dif­fer­ent in­gre­di­ents and in an un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment. “It was good to see what other coun­tries were pre­sent­ing and their food trends and it was mo­ti­vat­ing to see how the pro­fes­sion is be­com­ing so highly recog­nised through­out the Pa­cific,” he said.

The dishes had to in­clude spe­cific in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing Fon­terra cheese as the main en­tree in­gre­di­ent, Waitoa Free Range Chicken and a min­i­mum of three fresh New Zealand veg­eta­bles for the main course and any Nes­tle prod­uct for the dessert course.

This shows that Fi­jians are well rep­re­sented in the culi­nary in­dus­try and to come back with a medal com­pet­ing with the top chefs is an achieve­ment in it­self. Daven­dra Reddy

Fiji Chefs As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent

Photo: Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort

Outrig­ger Fiji Chefs Navneet Reddy (front left) and Mo­hammed Sham­mer dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion in Auck­land, NZ.

Photo: Outrig­ger Fiji Beach Re­sort Com­pe­ti­tion dishes from com­peti­tors on dis­play.

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