Student Kenny Chong Crowned Winner In The Singapore Leg Of The 9th Edition Of Disciples Escoffier Young Talent Trophy
by Kerlyn Tan
@ 15 Jun 2016
After gruelling preparation prior to plating and finally a nerve-racking presenting it to a panel of four local based but renowned judges, student Kenny Chong, 21 from Mandarin Oriental, emerged as the Singapore National Winner in the 9th Edition of the Disciples Escoffier Young Talent Trophy (DEYTT).
Kenny, along with seven other contestants from local culinary schools, were placed under mentorship of Chef Sandro Falbo, Executive Chef of The Fullerton Hotel, and were required to create a main course using ingredients of duck breast and foie gras and have it paired with an orange gastrique sauce without any pre-cooked preparation in under two hours in the kitchens of At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy. The platters were then judged by Chef Edmund Toh, President of the Singapore Chefs Association, Chef Massimo Pasquarelli, Executive Chef at The Ritz Carlton Millennia, Chef Simone Cerea, Executive Chef at The Regent Singapore, and Chef Toni Robertson, Executive Chef at Mandarin Oriental Singapore.
Now, as the DEYTT winner in the Singapore leg of the competition, Kenny will be competing against eight other national winners in the Asia Final at the Restaurant & Bar Show in Hong Kong this September. His team mate will be first runner up, Alynna Tan, 23 from the Culinary Institute of America.
DEYTT is among the most important culinary competitions in Asia and is held across eight regions including China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. Disciples Escoffier in itself is a French association made up of top chefs with membership of more than 25,000 chefs spanning across 26 countries. It is dedicated to lauding a continuous evolution of cooking and gastronomy and its DEYTT competition aims to encourage training, leadership development and innovation in rising chefs under 25 years of age around the world while promoting French cuisine and art de vivre.
Find out more about the DEYTT at http://disciples-escoffier.asia/