SIAL Middle East is set to host the new Alen Thong Golden Coffee Pot Young Chef Challenge, which will see nine teams of five professional young chefs from around the world compete for the winning title.
Taking place during SIAL Middle East from 5 – 7 December at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the competition will welcome entrants from China, Germany, Hong Kong, Lesotho, Namibia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and the UAE.
Thamer Al Qasemi, chairman of the organising committee of SIAL Middle East 2016 commented: “We look forward to welcoming the first edition of the Alen Thong Golden Coffee Pot Young Chef Challenge at SIAL 2016.
“The awards have attracted nine prestigious teams from around the world and we look forward to seeing them compete for the top title.”
Three teams will go head-to-head each day, creating a menu of internationally-themed dishes including a cold salad, appetiser, plated hot main course and dessert buffet for forty people.
Nine World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS) international culinary judges will assess the food and appoint the winning team.
The Alen Thong Golden Coffee Pot Young Chef Challenge is organised by the Abu Dhabi chapter of the Emirates Culinary Guild in collaboration with the World Association of Chefs’ Societies.
The competition will form part of La Cuisine at SIAL, a meeting place for foodservice professionals from around the world.
It has been launched in memory of John Alen Thong, a founding father of the Emirates Culinary Guild, who passed away in 2015.
The seventh edition of SIAL, a professional trade exhibition for the food, beverage and hospitality industries, will feature more than 900 exhibitors, 500 VIP hosted buyers, and attract 22,000 food, beverage and hospitality attendees.
Attendees will enjoy three days of business, networking and knowledge sharing, with access to niche conferences and innovative show floor events.
SIAL is organised in cooperation with Strategic Partner, Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority and supported by Abu Dhabi Chamber as Host Sponsor and in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Food Festival.
Al Dahra Agriculture is headline sponsor with Jenaan Investments the Diamond Sponsor and Emirates Food Industries Gold Sponsor.
Emirates International Group for Food and Agriculture and Al Rawabi are Silver Sponsors; Mawasim are Bronze Sponsors; LuLu is the official Retail Partner; Etihad Airways is the Official Airline; and Emirates Culinary Guild and World Association of Chefs are Culinary Partners.