DANANG – The just-concluded Asia-Pacific Onboard Travel Forum (APOT), held from November 26 to 28 in Danang City, showcased the Catrion International Chefs Competition, also known as the “Jet Setters Palette” where two Vietnamese chefs won high prizes.
This competition showcased the culinary talents of Vietnamese chefs alongside peers from countries like Saudi Arabia and Sri Lanka, creating a captivating spectacle.
Chef Doi Thi Ngoc Diep, a seasoned pastry instructor from CHM International Academy, claimed the coveted overall first prize with a stellar performance.
Chef Vo Quoc Viet of MENAS company, renowned for its diverse ventures including trade centers, real estate management, and culinary chains in Vietnam, received accolades as well. Chef Viet clinched the first prize for his entree, “An Giang grapefruit salad with ocean squid,” and was honored with the “Best Chef in the Kitchen” award.
A distinguished panel of 10 judges, led by Thomas Gugler, president of the World Chef Association, meticulously assessed the challenges faced by chefs from several Asian countries, including Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, and Sri Lanka. These culinary experts represented various sectors, encompassing aviation, hospitality, and restaurant industries.
Gugler said, “This is an engaging and inspirational chef competition where culinary professionals gather, interact, and exchange experiences related to international aviation cuisine.”
He emphasized the importance of the airline culinary experience, noting that passengers’ memories after each flight are influenced by factors like excellent dining, comfortable seating, and enjoyable entertainment. Therefore, the quality of aviation cuisine plays a pivotal role in passengers’ airline choices.
Chef Vo Quoc Viet said, “This presents an excellent opportunity for chefs to learn, collaborate, and deepen our understanding of the intricacies of aviation culinary art. Crafting an exceptional aviation culinary experience involves not only crafting delectable and visually appealing dishes but also ensuring practicality in line with the unique service characteristics of the aviation sector.”
Gentzsch André Pierre, general director of Furama – Ariyana Danang Tourism Complex, a partner of APOT Asia 2023, expressed his delight in welcoming renowned chefs and aviation experts to Danang.