Com­pete is a way to gain ex­per­tise: Chief Judge

Fiji Sun - - Global Business - KARALAINI TAVI

The Moffat Na­tional Sa­lon Culinaire will en­cour­age growth for the culi­nary in­dus­try through ed­u­ca­tion and com­pe­ti­tion.

This was said by the Pa­cific Rim Con­ti­nen­tal Di­rec­tor Mur­ray M. Dick who is also the chief judge through­out the four-day event at the Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity at Na­maka in Nadi. “Com­pe­ti­tions are a great lev­el­ling field for con­tes­tants to be­come es­tab­lished which is for their ca­reer, they can learn off one an­other as well per­sonal growth and devel­op­ment,” he said.

“The world is a small place, the only way we can gain the ex­per­tise and knowl­edge is to par­tic­i­pate in com­pe­ti­tions.

“With sup­port to com­pete in over­seas tour­na­ment chefs can see what ev­ery­one else has been do­ing and to work at a dif­fer­ent level.” Hav­ing be­ing the judge at the com­pe­ti­tions for the third time in the four years, he said see­ing the sup­port of head chefs from around the coun­try is ad­mirable which has led to the progress of the com­peti­tors and ben­e­fit­ted the tourist sec­tor as well. “The sup­port from all the head chefs in the coun­try is great for the in­dus­try, it shows the re­spect the in­dus­try that they be­long too, it’s all for love,” he added.

“Each time we see dif­fer­ent tech­niques from the com­peti­tors and it’s ad­mirable that they do get in­volved and show there in­ter­est in the in­dus­try they are in and is also great for the tourism in­dus­try.

“Food is the ma­jor com­po­nent for the sat­is­fac­tion of all tourists so it is im­por­tant to nur­ture, grow; and cel­e­brate the indige­nous cul­ture and food with in the coun­try is essen­tial,” said Mr Dick.


“If you want to get into hos­pi­tal­ity field, it is an un­for­giv­ing trade, and takes long hour’s hard work, but also very re­ward­ing.”

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Mur­ray M. Dick , Chief Judge at the Moffat Na­tional Sa­lon Culinaire com­pe­ti­tion at Fiji Na­tional Univer­sity at Na­maka in Nadi on Novem­ber 14, 2017 .

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