Some 20 students from 10 secondary schools made it to the DISTED Culinary Challenge 2018 Grand Finale which was held on 12th May 2018 at the DISTED School of Hospitality Management.
“The purpose of this competition is to increase the interest in culinary arts, a field of study among the school students that offers a centre stage for students looking to showcase their culinary prowess and creativity,” said Ms Susie Khoo, Head of School of Hospitality Management.
Contestants were pitted against one another under intense situations and used only the ingredients’ list provided in the Magic Box to create their own specialty dish in 90 minutes.
Distinguished panel of judges for the final round include Chef Audee Cheah, President of Penang Chefs Association, Chef Eric Chuah from Penang Chefs Association, Chef Yew Seong Lip, a seasoned chef with over 22 years of work experience in the culinary field and Mr Warren Tan, an enterprising entrepreneur and is currently a Managing Consultant for several hospitality setup in Penang. The evaluation of the dishes is based on taste, creativity and presentation.
This year’s challenge will see the top team winning the DISTED Culinary Challenge Trophy and cash prizes worth of up to RM500. On top of that, the “top chefs” will also be awarded a DISTED Scholarship totalling RM10,000. With this scholarship, the winning team may enrol into any of DISTED’s 5-Star Excellent rated programmes within a period of time.
Other highlights during the finale include the Fruits and Vegetables Artistry Challenge which is a mini competition to showcase ones fruit/vegetable carving skills. Winners stand a chance to bag a cash prize of RM300 and a medal. Last but not least, the school is also organising a Fruits Carving workshop to introduce some basic knowledge of fruits carving to 40 students.