22 Sep 2008
Asia's leading exhibition and events venue, AsiaWorld-Expo, has demonstrated its culinary leadership by winning the popular California Strawberry Cooking Contest 2008.
Organised by the California Strawberry Commission, the event brought together 32 teams each comprising two chefs from restaurants across Hong Kong. The teams in this western cooking contest were given 60 minutes to prepare and present an innovative Western main course using strawberries and cod fish as the principal ingredients. They were also required to create a strawberry-based dessert.
A Celebration of Culinary Excellence
The AsiaWorld-Expo team consisted of Chan Kwai-hung and Leung Che-shing, with pre-competition coaching by Executive Chef Ricky Chan, a member of Hong Kong's Culinary Team and gold medal winner at IFHS2007. Together these talented chefs created an elegant main course of Oven-Baked Cod Fish with Strawberry Chutney, Octopus and Yellow Bell Pepper, accompanied by Pan-fried Smoked Cod Fish with Strawberry Potato Cake, Sautéed Fennel and Leek with a Little Nick Clam Cream Sauce.
For dessert, the pair prepared a Strawberry Trio of Strawberry Mille Feuille, Tempura Strawberry with Basil Honey, and Strawberry Granita - a spectacular combination that offered a true feast for the senses.
A Respected Panel of Judges
This magnificent menu soon emerged as the winner, securing first place for its creativity, artistry and culinary skill. The expert panel of judges included members of the Hong Kong Chinese Chefs Association, the Hong Kong Chefs Association, and Mrs. Anita Katial, Deputy Director, Agricultural Trade Office of the US Consulate General in Hong Kong.
Ricky Chan, Executive Chef of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited remarked, "AsiaWorld-Expo has assembled a team of renowned and innovative chefs who always create a dining experience that delights and surprises. The win of this popular cooking contest is a compliment to our dynamic team."
"This exciting win is yet further confirmation that AsiaWorld-Expo is the natural choice for a world-class exhibition and event experience," remarked Allen Ha, Chief Executive Officer of AsiaWorld-Expo Management Limited. "The award-winning talents of our culinary staff are the perfect complement to the sophisticated technology and infrastructure that make AsiaWorld-Expo such a unique and world-class events venue."
A Wide Range of Quality and Flexible Catering Services in Town
AsiaWorld-Expo offers flexible facilities for a wide range of catered functions, from intimate 12-person business luncheons to sumptuous feasts and gala dinners for over 9,000 guests. To date, the venue has hosted a number of high-profile banquets, including a 100 round-table set-up for the Miss Chinese Cosmo Pageant 2007, the McDonald's Annual Dinner for over 2,000 staff, and Hong Kong's largest-ever indoor banquet with a massive 9,000-strong corporate event for Sunrider International among many others. Building on the popularity of its banquet and hospitality services, AsiaWorld-Expo is pleased to launch the "Christmas Party Package" for 2008. Bookings are now open. For details, please call F&B Team at (852) 3606 8106.