Masterchef hits Dubai

Fonterra hosts UAE's junior chefs in Anchor MasterChef competition
Fonterra's Peter Hallmanns.
Fonterra's Peter Hallmanns.

Some of the Middle East's most promising culinary talent will be basting, tasting, toasting and roasting in Dubai next week for a chance to be crowned Anchor MasterChef 2010.

The competition, organised by the world’s largest dairy exporter Fonterra, is open to junior chefs working in kitchens across the UAE.


At least eight teams of two — consisting of one hot kitchen chef and one pastry chef — will take part in the cordon bleu cook-off at Fonterra’s brand new kitchen facility, The Culinarium, from Sunday January 10.

Chef Peter Hallmanns, advisory chef for the Fonterra Foodservices Division, said the standard of the entrants’ recipes was exceptionally high.

“With such talent participating in the challenge, I have no doubt the competition will be fierce,” he predicted.

Fonterra is well aware of the outstanding skills being demonstrated every day in our world -famous hotels and restaurants across the UAE.

“By providing a platform such as the Anchor MasterChef Challenge, we can bring this culinary talent to the industry’s attention.”

The chosen teams will begin by preparing a three-course meal of their own choosing, within a time-frame of three hours.

The dishes will be judged by Hallmanns and two other professional chefs from leading hotels in Dubai, after which the most talented four teams will proceed to the semi-final.

“In the first stage of the competition, the chefs will be able to create the dishes they know well and which show off their individual talents,” Hallmanns explained.

“The final two stages will test their imagination as they will be preparing food from a mystery basket of ingredients.

“There will be unlimited Anchor products on offer throughout the competition and this will give the chefs a chance to demonstrate the quality and flexibility of the products in their recipes,” he added.

The winning team will receive AED 10,000 (US $2722) and one year's worth of media exposure in conjunction with Fonterra.

The team that comes in second will receive AED 5000 (US $1361).

In the first round, teams will compete on either January 10 or 11, following which the semi-finals will take place on January 12, with the final held on January 13.


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