SINGAPORE — The Singapore National Team has earned top spot at the new Dubai World Hospitality Championship (DWHC) held recently at The Dubai World Trade Centre. The American Culinary Federation’s ACF Team U.S.A. placed second, followed by Australia in third place and Wales in fourth.
The three-day World Association of Chefs-endorsed (WACS) event involved 12 national teams. Each team presented an international-themed edible buffet, including one hot dish for 54 people, along with other food items and four showpieces.
All of the food items presented in Dubai, including carved fruit and vegetables, had to be edible and halal. According to the organizers, more than 700 professional and amateur chefs demonstrated their artistic and aesthetic competencies at the championship.
Canada’s CCFCC Culinary Team Dubai was made up of former Canadian Bocuse d’Or competitors, including: Michael Noble (team captain), Notable The Restaurant – Bocuse d’Or 1995 and 1997; Chris Mills, Joey Restaurant Group – Bocuse d’Or 2001; Andrew Springett, SAIT Polytechnic Institute – Bocuse d’Or 2003; Scott Jaeger, The Pear Tree – Bocuse d’Or 2007; Ryan Stone, Centreplate – Bocuse d’Or 201l; Arthur Chen, Edmonton Shaw Conference Centre – World Culinary Olympics pastry chef 2000 to present; Bernard Casavant Culinary Consultant – Bocuse d’Or 1991; Morgan Wilson (support member), Fairmont Empress Hotel Victoria – Bocuse d’Or 2005; Dr. Jane Ruddick (team manager) veteran of several Bocuse d’Or events. The Canadian judge at the Dubai competition was Simon Smotkowitz from the Shaw Centre, Edmonton.
The America National Team consisted of American Culinary Federation members, many of them well known to Canadian chefs, including: Edward Leonard (captain), ACF Chicago Chapter; Brian Beland, chef de cuisine, ACF Michigan; Joachim Buchner, ACF National Capital Chapter; Andy Chlebana, ACF Louis Joliet Chapter; Carlo Lamagna, ACF Chicago Chapter; Susan Notter, pastry chef, ACF Harrisburg Chapter; Austin Yancey, ACF Windy City Professional Culinarians Inc.
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