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Thursday, 15 March 2018

ANCHOR FOOD PROFESSIONALS Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018

ANCHOR FOOD PROFESSIONALS 
Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018 
Returns To Shape Malaysia's Future Master Chefs
ANCHOR FOOD PROFESSIONALS Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018 

Looks too pretty to be eaten and at the same time looks so delicious, right? Well, recently I was totally thrilled to be invited to attend ANCHOR FOOD PROFESSIONALS Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018 held at KDU University College, the new flagship campus at Utropolis Glenmarie, Shah Alam.   

Once again, Anchor Food Professionals, an unrivalled leader in the dairy foodservice industry, is doing their bid to raise the benchmark in the industry by playing host to the much anticipated Anchor Food Professionals Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018.

This is an exciting and challenging four-day competition starting March 13 to 16 based on three categories namely Pastries, Cake and Culinary. The industry's pastry and culinary maestros have been invited to form the luminary panel of judges with:
  • Chef Jean Francois Arnaud MOF serving as the Head Judge in Pastry Category, along with Chef Nazeri Ismail & Chef Arthur Heng in this category.
  • Chef Gerhard Albrecht serves as the Head Judge, along with Chef Fami Taufeq & Chef Sabri Hassan.
Linda Tan, Director of the Anchor Food Professionals shared that competitions like this are important for the industry as it provides a platform for the sharing of experience and knowledge, nurturing the potential of Malaysia's future culinary and pastry artisans and elevating the standards of the food & beverage industry.

"As the country's largest provider of high-quality dairy products and ingredients, we are constantly engaging with chefs and in the course of our work have discovered so much hidden potential within. Some have craved a name for themselves and some are gems waiting to be uncovered. We felt it was our duty to explore, nurture and celebrate the amazing number of young chefs in this country who can reach greater heights with the right encouragement," she explained.

Finalist Pastry Chef Tan Chee Kit's Creations

"Winning the category is a proud badge of recognition amongst peers and gives a leg-up to finalists as this challenge is highly regarded in the industry and is steered by a panel of judges considered the best in the industry," Linda added.

In the Pastry Category, the contestants are required to create a simple croissant and Danish whereas, under the Cake Category, each contestant is required to create two types of cakes with Mango and Strawberry themes respectively.

In the Culinary Category, the theme is Land and Sea of Malaysia with an inculcated twist of Modern French Cuisine. Contestants are required to prepare a 3-course meal based on the theme and criteria given.

Each day of the challenge will see different finalists from different industries competing in different channels with daily prize-giving. There are a total of 25 finalists competing in all three categories separately. 

The FIRST PRIZE for each category includes prizes worth RM 5,000, a medal and certificate. SECOND PRIZE includes prizes worth RM 3,000, a medal and certificate, and last but not least, THIRD PRIZE includes prizes worth RM 2,000, a medal and certificate. 

All participants of the competitions are to make full use of Anchor's leading products in the dairy segment namely Anchor Cream Cheese, Anchor Butter Sheet, Anchor Butter, Anchor UHT Milk, Anchor Whipping Cream, and Anchor Extra Yield Cooking Cream.

Honoured To Be Invited To The ANCHOR FOOD PROFESSIONALS Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018

I was present on March 13, the first day of the challenge for the BEST PASTRY - BAKERY Category competition. For this challenge, Chefs are required to prepare:

i) Chef's Signature Croissant
Just a plain croissant without filling to be judged on layering, fragrant or taste of the fermented dough and texture of the finished product.

ii) Types Of Danish Based On The Following
Participants can use a single dough or variety of dough for all the danishes. Participants are expected to innovate with flavoured dough or flavoured Anchor Butter Sheet.

Each chef was given a total of 5 hours to create all baked goods using Anchor products which is Anchor Cream Cheese, Anchor Butter Sheet, Anchor Butter, Anchor UHT Milk, Anchor Whipping Cream, Anchor Extra Yield Cooking Cream among others.

Pastry Chef Tan Chee Kit
Winner For The "BEST PASTRIES WINNER" of ANCHOR Food Professionals Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018

The "BEST PASTRIES WINNER" of ANCHOR Food Professionals Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018 goes to talented Pastry Chef Tan Chee Kit. His amazing winning pastries entry of seven glorious pastries consisted of his signature croissant, together with three sweet danish and another three savoury danish won the hearts of the judges.

 Winning Post By Pastry Chef Tan Chee Kit 

Feast Your Eyes On These Fine Pastry Curated By Winning Pastry Chef Tan Chee Kit At The Anchor Food Professionals Pastry & Culinary Challenge 2018! 

 Pastry Chef Tan Chee Kit's WINNING PASTRIES

Following are all of Pastry Chef Tan Chee Kit's WINNING PASTRIES - Croissant and Danishes to drool over while you read my blog!

CK Signature Croissant

 
Fish Scale Danish

 Creamy Fruit Basket
Cocoa Dough

 Joyful Caramel Nuts  

 
 Southern Italy

Molten Salted Egg

 Muffin Danish
Chocolate Dough

It was an eye-opening experience for us as we get to interview the winning Pastry Chef Tan Chee Kit. He shares with us his passion for baking for more than a decade coming close to 17 years of dedicating his culinary journey to perfecting his skills by exploring and experimenting with a variety of premium such as Anchor dairy products from time to time.

"Texture, taste and presentation play an important role in all of his creations", said Chef Tan Chee Kit. This competition sees him pushing himself to the limits in creating delightful pastries to impress the judges. 

       
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