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Thu 17 Aug 2006 04:00 AM

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Chefs prepare for Restaurant Show

Chefs from across the region are gearing up to compete in a series of competitions at the upcoming Restaurant Show in the UK.

London’s Olympia Exhibition Centre is to play host to this year’s Restaurant Show.

Held from the 18th–20th September, the event will see over 300 suppliers of food, wine, spirits, interiors and food technology demonstrate their wares.

The trade show will also see some of the UK’s best chefs and restaurant owners in attendance, with a number of competitions and live cooking events, including the Compass Group Chef of the Year 2006.

The Chef of the Year competition will see 16 junior and 16 senior finalists given 1.5 hours to prepare and cook a fine dining meal using set ingredients, with past winners including Gordon Ramsay, Mark Sargeant and Steve Love.

The show will also be showcasing the first Western Australia Recipe Challenge. Launched by Interchef, the competition will see eight finalists cook in front of a panel of judges, with ingredients sourced from Western Australia, including fresh barramundi.

The winner will win a trip for two to Western Australia, with a four-day stopover in Dubai, courtesy of the Emirates Culinary Guild and Churchill China.

Other attractions of the show include a culinary skills theatre, a sommelier’s lounge, a food and drink match and a wine academy, as well as the World Chocolate Masters competition. Organised by Barry Callebaut, the competition will see chocolate craftsmen from 20 countries taking part.

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