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Young chef, waiter contest set for June 18-19

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The Cambodian delegation of Disciples Escoffier International Asia Pacific is set to host an international competition for young chefs and waiters under 25 years of age in the capital on June 18-19. DISCIPLES ESCOFFIER INTERNATIONAL

Young chef, waiter contest set for June 18-19

The Cambodian delegation of Disciples Escoffier International Asia Pacific is set to host an international competition for young chefs and waiters under 25 years of age in the capital on June 18-19.

Hospitality industry insiders expect the Young Talents Escoffier Competition 2022 to develop and reinforce traditional cooking methods and practices – albeit with modern touches – and open the doors to global stardom for young aspiring Cambodians.

The event “provides a perfect opportunity for talented young cooks and waiters to showcase their skills”, the delegation said in a statement.

“The main objective for the competition is to highlight the key roles young cooks and waiters play within the hospitality industry as they take centre stage in the modernisation of culinary and hospitality arts – because our young cooks and waiters are indeed the future of this industry.

“Through this competition, Disciples Escoffier Cambodia aims to promote and develop traditional methods and techniques for preparing, cooking and serving culinary masterpieces as well as blending modern culinary and ‘art de la table’ practices that have shaped the future of culinary arts.

“The finalists of the selections become the Young Hopes of Disciples. They will be sponsored by their delegation during the first five years of their professional courses, in order, as far as possible, to advise, support and guide them in their professional environment,” it said.

The application period for this event expired on May 18. However, The Post’s question to Disciples Escoffier about the number of applicants went unanswered as of press time.

Disciples Escoffier bills itself as an international non-profit association founded in Nice, France in 1954 dedicated to the art of cooking and the exchange of knowledge.

Luu Meng, a well-known chef in Cambodia as well as across Asia, encouraged up-and-coming food and beverage professionals to apply for such competitions.

He highlighted that the Phnom Penh-based Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia (ACAC) would be keen to lend a hand in the process.

ACAC assistant marketing manager Yel Darithea was unable to provide the number of applicants for the Young Talents Escoffier Competition 2022. He did however remark that “the winners would have the opportunity to participate in other international events, and thus, contestants are required to be able to speak English”.

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