Te Big Cook-off

May 01, 2018
Al Ain Academy hosts another successful edition of their Young Chef Competition

Furthering its mission to inspire culinary excellence and promote healthy eating practice in Al Ain, the Healthy Nutrition Action group from Al Ain Academy together with ALDAR, Hilton and Foster Clarks managed to sustain the everlasting growth for students to showcase their culinary skills in the Young Chef Competition 2018.

The organisation, founded by Denise Buttigieg Fiteni, invited applications from both primary and secondary students to forward a three-course menu that had to be completed within three hours under the theme: Home Economics Literacy: Skills for Healthy and Sustainable Cooking.

The competition saw a great number of applicants in both categories which were judged by two professional judges from Hilton Al Ain who spent two days watching, assessing and analysing dishes.

Day one was for the primary students featuring menus and ideas from their grandmothers to their own twists on food presentation. Day two turned out to be a more competitive with the plates displaying a fleur of creativity, dedication and imagination.

"Through this initiative, students from our school, which holds the beauty of many different cultures from all over the world, shared their culinary knowledge and provided invaluable opportunity to allow them to showcase excellence of their respective country," said Denise Buttigieg Fiteni, Food Teacher at Al Ain Academy.

"Students have distinctive opportunities to learn about research and development in nutrition, beverage menu creation, customer service, and operations, as they had to entice our professional chefs.

“The competition is an incredible opportunity for driven students in food preparation and nutrition to attain hands-on experience and mentorship with some of the most respected chefs in the business and grow their skills,” she added.
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