The Okura Prestige Bangkok is bringing back its hit cooking competition for Thai culinary students for a second year and like last year, the winner will benefit from an educational trip to Hotel Okura Amsterdam.
Students studying in the hospitality, kitchen and tourism industries are invited to take part by sending in an application, accompanied by a short cooking video, to the organising committee.
“Our first cooking competition, which was organised to celebrate the hotel’s fifth anniversary was a great success and offered a fantastic opportunity to students studying in the hospitality, kitchen and tourism industries. We actually found many talented applicants and I was very impressed by their passion for the culinary arts,” says the hotel’s general manage Edward E Snoeks. “This initiative is not just a competition to win an overseas educational trip, but also an opportunity for The Okura Prestige Bangkok to share its knowledge with students who want to become part of the hotel and food and beverage industry.”
Applicants must be Thai nationals aged 18 25 years old. Only five qualified applicants will be selected for training with Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara at Yamazato restaurant.
At the end of the training course, applicants will prepare signature dishes for an invited committee and distinguished guests at the Judges’ Panel Night, following which the chosen winner will receive a nineday educational trip to Hotel Okura Amsterdam.
The prize includes round trip air tickets to Amsterdam, eight nights’ accommodation at the hotel, a luncheon and dinner at Michelinstarred restaurants Yamazato and Ciel Bleu, a sightseeing trip of Amsterdam, plus visa arrangements, travel insurance, pocket money and a training course with twostar Michelin chef Onno Kokmeijer.
Kokmeijer has been awarded the title SVH Meesterchef (master chef) by the Dutch hospitality organisation Stichting Vakbekwaamheid Horeca. SVH strives to retain and expand professional knowledge in the hospitality industry and awards “master” titles in five categories including chef, host and sommelier. The SVH “master” title is the highest honour awarded by the Dutch hospitality industry. The educational trip is valued at more than Bt100,000.
Interested applicants should submit their application with relevant documents to the Human Resources Department at The Okura Prestige Bangkok before March 30 and post their cooking video by April 6.
Full details of the criteria for candidates and a scheduled timeline of the cooking competition are given below.
>> Criteria for candidates
Male or female, Thai nationality, aged between 1825 years old
Third or fourth year student of the faculty of tourism, hospitality, cooking school at an accredited university, or second year student of a higher vocational cooking school
Minimum GPA 2.75
Good command of English
Able to travel abroad with written permission from a parent or a letter from his/her educational institution
Able to supply all relevant documentation for travel visa application
Holds a Thai passport with at least 2 years of validity remaining
No contagious or other diseases. Medical certificate required
No criminal record
Confident and able to live alone while abroad
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