Westin chefs win MasterChef title

Competition winners take home large cash prize and a year of publicity
Winning chefs Edward Mair (L) and Jay Williams (R) prepare their final dish of the competition.
Winning chefs Edward Mair (L) and Jay Williams (R) prepare their final dish of the competition.

A couple of young chefs walked away with AED 10,000 as well as one year's worth of media exposure, after winning the UAE Anchor MasterChef 2010 competition.

Edward Mair and Jay Williams, from the Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina, beat 11 teams from hotels across the UAE, to win the inaugural edition of competition.


The competition, which took place over four days at Anchor parent company Fonterra’s Culinarium, saw the team from the Westin beat Demas Tri Saputra Latief and Dharshana Yatiwawala from Jumeirah Emirates Towers in the three-course final.

Edward Mair, from the winning team, said: “It’s certainly been a lot of fun and there was a bit of stress as well, but we tried to not let that stress get to us."

“We’ve been bouncing off each other for the last few days making sure we didn’t let it get to us; after all being a chef is about working as a team, and that’s what we’ve done here.”

As well as the hefty cash prize, the two chefs will also receive a year of free publicity with dairy firm Fonterra in publications across the region.

Fonterra advisory chef Peter Hallmanns claimed the competition had been a “fabulous success”.

“What we have seen over the last few days is living proof that first class catering is very much alive and well in the UAE — these young chefs would be an asset to any kitchen and they are a credit to their own,” commented Hallmanns.

Each dish the young chefs prepared were judged by a team of three Dubai-based executive chefs, consisting of Juraj Kalna from The Edge, James Griffith from Emirates Airline Inflight Catering and Alan Thong from the Emirates Culinary Guild.

After the final, the young chefs from both teams were givien a critical insight by the judging panel as to where they might have gone wrong in each dish, adding an educational aspect to the competition.

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