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MLA Black Box Culinary Challange and Award Seoul Korea
11 teams from training school, restaurant and hotels participated on the 2007 Black Box Culinary Challenge in Seoul. They battled for the top award to be the winning team to represent Korea at the Global final to be held in Dubai in 2008. This year was the best ever seen show here in Korea, standard was extremely high in cooking and in the table display category and all team put up a great show and created great food and the ultimate dining experience for over 220 invited guests.
By end of the day the top award this year went to the Grand Intercontinental Hotel. As they clinched none of the individual best course awards it came as a great surprise to them, but there good consistent work in all 4 courses paid off very well. First runner up was the COEX Intercontinental Hotel which also won the best dessert award. Second runner up was the Grand Hilton Seoul which presented also the best soup course.
Best starter dish award went to the Millennium Seoul Hilton and best main course award went to The Westin Chosun Seoul.
Best table display went to the Seoul Plaza Hotel, which did a very refreshing and clean display with flowers, sand and seashells.
The Judges, Alan Palmer, Rudy Muller, HK Disneyland and Hans Rudi Nussbaumer, HK Regal Airport Hotel had a hard time to make their final decision and they were delighted at the very high standard, quality and professionalism of all this teams.
The 2-day competition was organized by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) Korea Branch and Alan Palmer and held at the COEX Intercontinental Hotel and took place on July 25- 26 2007. The Black Box Challenge is getting to be a very prestigious contest among professional chefs and food establishment for the betterments of the industry.
By Hans R Nussbaumer