Inter-Hotel Culinary Competition to return to The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia

Hotels set to take part this year include: Hotel Pullman Zamzam Makkah, InterContinental Jeddah, Le Méridien Towers Makkah, Hotel Mercure Jeddah Al Hamra, and Swissotel Al Maqam Makkah
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The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia, Cooking competition

The 'Inter-Hotel Culinary Competition – Mystery Box Challenge' is returning to Saudi Arabia with a bigger line up of hotels and resorts for its 2018 edition.

The competition debuted in 2017, which saw Jeddah’s Mövenpick Resort Al Nawras crowned champion. It will now remain a central annual feature of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia and run across its three days – April 10-12 2018 – at the Jeddah Centre for Forums and Events.

Hotels set to take part this year include: Hotel Pullman Zamzam Makkah, InterContinental Jeddah, Le Méridien Towers Makkah, Hotel Mercure Jeddah Al Hamra, and Swissotel Al Maqam Makkah.

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Endorsed by WorldChefs, the Saudi Arabian Chefs’ Association and culinary partner Unilever Food Solutions, the competition will see a few more twists this year.

"In 2018 we will continue with the ‘Mystery Box’ concept, but in order to increase the degree of difficulty for the chefs we are reducing the available cooking time and adding in some more tricky ingredients – with a focus on healthy eating,” said Yasser Jad, founder and president of the Saudi Arabian Chefs’ Association (SARCA) and food and beverage manager at Saudi Airlines, in a statement. Jad will chair the panel of judges, a line-up of international chefs based outside the hotel environment, to ensure impartial judging.

Each of the teams will be given two to three hours to create four courses using the mystery box ingredients, only revealed to them once they have stepped inside the kitchen.

The judges will sample each dish created, before crowning the winners based on the WorldChefs-approved judging criteria namely: fixed time (0-5 points), preparations and processing of raw materials and hygiene (0-10 points), correct professional preparation (0-25 points), organisation and innovative presentation (0-10 points), and taste (0-50 points).

The winner will revealed on the final day of the event, ie April 12, 2018.

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