The occasion was in addition an acknowledgement of the difficult function place in by the chefs on a everyday basis.
The company’s finest chefs went head to head in a brilliant showcase of their culinary prowess to craft a signature 3-course menu. The winners, selected by a panel of distinguished F&B professionals drawn from major institutions in the city, went on to get prizes and accolades at a spectacular awards ceremony attended by prominent government and private sector personalities.
What was initially conceived as an in-home contest certainly had the hallmarks of an thrilling contest played out in correct Top Chef style. It started with the company’s officers nominating 16 of their greatest chefs, comprising Indian, Omani, and Yemeni nationalities, to participate in the inaugural edition of the Al Nab’a Top Chef competitors.
With the excellent kitchen facilities of the college placed at their disposal, the chefs have been asked to come up with a starter, primary course and dessert each and every delectably developed to impress some of Muscat’s most-talented and achieved chefs. The panel of judges comprised major professionals in the field of meals and beverage in Oman.
Dishes presented at the finish of a hard 4-hour extended contest have been adjudged against a set of ‘golden rules’ that gave weightage to content material and nutrition, hygiene, teamwork, time management, presentation and taste. Not surprisingly, the judges have been difficult-pressed to come up with the leading winners, provided the culinary ingenuity and extended encounter employed by the contestants in preparing some exceptional dishes.
The competitors culminated in a gala finale and prize distribution ceremony. Sayyid Khalid al Busaidi, group chairman, Al Nab’a Holding, led a huge gathering of dignitaries and group executives at the finale. The chief guest was Oneza Tabish, a nicely-recognized character in meals circles, typical contributor to nearby publications, winner of a number of cooking talent shows and administrator of ‘What’s Cooking Oman’. The guest of honour was Neelu Rohra, second secretary (Community Welfare), Embassy of India, Muscat.
Gold, Silver and Bronze stars have been awarded to the leading 3 winners along with money prizes specially created coats, scarves and aprons. Certificates have been presented to all of the participants. The chief guest and judges have been also felicitated by Busaidi at the occasion.
Adding to a memorable evening have been musical performances by a pair of Al Naba’s extremely personal ‘singing sensations’ who crooned their way into the Top 20 ranking in a well-known singing competitors lately held in Oman.
Amresh Singh, company head of Al Nab’a Supplies and Catering Services, stated, “Our goal was to recognise and applaud culinary talent within the organisation, and also encourage young Omanis to pursue rewarding careers in this field as well. Teamwork and positive attitudes are also key to success as a chef – qualities that we want to foster across our workforce as well.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily