Sharing unique expertise and educating someone creates a legacy. Everyone has a transferable commodity that is“KNOWLEDGE”. With these sentiments, Bestbuy Maldives together with Maldives Exhibition and Conference Services in conjunction with Hotel Asia 2018 is set to host the 6th Masterclass and Barista workshop on 19th April 2018. This will be conducted & guided by Chef Garth Shnier Complex Executive Chef of Sun International, and Chef Ronald Prasanto, Executive Chef of Arrack & Spice.
Chef Garth Shnier: Throughout his career, he has been involved in training chefs and uplifting standards in the industry aligning South Africa to global culinary standards, both in the workplace with his staff and in training the members of South Africa’s National Culinary Team. He has always believed passionately in a philosophy of skills transfer and knowledge-sharing and has been fortunate to share his expertise, he has gained through participating in international competitions over the years with many young chefs, the majority of whom have gone on to positions such as executive chefs. Chef Shnier will take the participants through the process of preparing for an international competition. From psychologically preparing oneself to how to plate your dish!
Chef Ronald Prasanto’s work has been acknowledged by many, including legendary molecular gastronomist, Ferran Adria. The story began when he became a judge for a barista championship. The interest to spice up coffee art led him to learn about molecular gastronomy and how he could apply it to coffee specifically. He would be introducing molecular gastronomy technique as another way of creating desserts. This technique uses a scientific application to create fresh desserts made to order. One example of the application is called instant freeze with the use of liquid nitrogen to make some of the desserts at the Masterclass. Also, he would share his experience on Molecular Gastronomy which is still a new trend across Asia and one of the fastest growing culinary experiences which will continue for the next decade.
Jointly hosted by Maldives Exhibition and Conference Service (MECS), and Bestbuy Maldives (BBM); the Main Sponsor of Hotel Asia 2018, and leading resort supplier in the Maldives, believe in infusing knowledge to the Hospitality Industry especially in F&B sector. Both join hands time-to-time in conducting such training programs on diversified sectors for the hospitality industry in the Maldives. Apart from organizing Masterclasses, BBM and MECS also host chefs to travel abroad for training, and to take part in competitions, to enhance the industry to be in line with the best in the world. Past winners of Hotel Asia have been accommodated to take part in various competitions in Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong and have emerged winners in those respective events. This year, three Maldivian pastry chefs are hosted as “Team Maldives” to participate in the Asian Pastry Cup 2018, which is scheduled to be held on 24th & 25th April in Singapore.
Project Director & Chief Judge for the Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge, Chef Alan Palmer echoed that “Holding these special classes are necessary”. He also expressed his desire to hold such cooking classes quite regularly for Maldives’ chefs, to dispense useful information and cooking techniques and trends.
Director/CEO of BBM, Mohamed Mazloom says “We at BBM truly believe that with the right training and knowledge, the chefs local to the Maldives could reach the highest pinnacle of the Global Culinary Industry. Hence, we have introduced Masterclass, where we bring world-class chefs to educate and introduce the intricate innovations of the culinary world to the Maldivian Chefs. This is the 6th Year of Masterclass and each year we see more and more talented chefs participating to learn and achieve the best in their respected fields.”
In this Masterclass, “Hotel Asia International Culinary Challenge 2018” will also be launched. It consists of 23 individual and team competitions. Which are: Dress the Cake, Fruit & Vegetable Carving, Artistic Showpiece, Novelty Cake, Bread & Pastry Display, Desserts (Display), Tapas Finger Food, Hot Cooking Fish Fillet, Hot Cooking Beef, Hot Cooking Seafood, Hot Cooking Poultry, Hot Cooking Lamb, Desserts, Hot Pasta Appetizer, Creative Asian Dish, Creative Sandwich, Team Challenge, Maldivian Dish, The Perfect Steak & Omelet, Young Chef, Tea Challenge, Iced Mocktails & Barista Championship. In addition, there will be 5 main awards, which are: Most Outstanding Chef, Most Outstanding Pastry Chef, Top Maldivian Chef, Best Culinary Establishment – “Alan Palmer Challenge Trophy”, Judges Special Awards.
All these events could be witnessed from 9th to the 12th of September 2018.