Representatives of the North named for the final of the Golden Spoon Contest 2015

Thứ sáu, 16/10/2015 09:06

On October 13th in Hanoi, the Semi-final of the North Region of the Golden Spoon contest 2015 took place to discover who was going to the final.

Winning teams receiving their awards

The Golden Spoon Contest is an annual competition organized by Minh Long I Co. Ltd. the Research Centre for Business and Enterprise Support under the auspices of the General Department of Tourism and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vietnam (VCCI) .

Spice table; Novotel Danang Premier Han River team show great concentration during the contest

In 2015, the Golden Spoon contest was organized with the theme of Home taste: Vietnamese spice journey. It carried a total prize value of over VND 3 billion and was financed by Ly’s Horeca.

The preliminary round on May 6 2015 took place in 6 groups. These were: Mekong Delta; Ho Chi Minh City and the Southeast; South Central and Central Highlands; North Central; Northern Highlands; Hanoi and the Red River Delta. Nearly 357 chefs from 119 teams from hotels, restaurants and tourist areas of nearly 39 provinces brought more than 400 delicacies and local specialties to the contest.

The interesting aspect is based on traditional dishes with common ingredients. The chefs have to apply new preparation techniques in combination spices, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds. Many of these are new to them, such as mangrove apple, Artocarpus tonkinensis, bitter tomato, citrus hystrix, shinyleaf pricklyash leaves, “gai xưng” leaf, “lá sang” leaf, “lá su siêng” leaf, “hoa cơm nếp” flower, wolfberry root, Bitter bolete, Bee hive mushroom, Achyranthes aspera, Rhodomyrtus tomentosa, Myrtle pepper and more. They used modern presentation styles to create alternative dishes with new and delicious flavors served on a beautiful, elegant party table. The research and innovation convinced the jury to awarded 50 places to the semifinals for the team that attended the preliminary round of the Golden Spoon contest.

42 chefs from 14 teams competed against each other in the Semi-final of the North Region at three events: Danang (Central Region), Lao Cai (Northern Highlands) and Hanoi (Delta Red and Hanoi). In this round each team presents a 4 course menu with the theme of "Golden Dish". Teams will have to choose for themselves a dish that shows their strengths. Also they will have to demonstrate how to use their spices in the dish. In addition the teams have to answer questions, posed by the judges, about the use of spices in their marinade and cooking.

Jury judging in Hanoi

Culinary artisan Suong Thi Bui said, “All the teams have demonstrated their abilities, and there was not much between them. Finally we awarded the first prize to Lotte Hotel; second prize to Flamingo Dai Lai, Novotel Danang Premier Han River, Palm Garden Resort & Spa and Hanoi Sofitel Plaza. These are the teams that will go through to the final.

Thu Huong

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