“Wow!” was just the word used to describe the project! We had so little time, and so many to do! In the end, it was the ANX team spirit and our passion that drives us to completion. Much satisfaction guaranteed!
Singapore was the host of this year’s Seventh World Championship of Chinese Cuisine. Held once every four years in different countries, the World Championship is highly regarded as the ‘Olympics’ of the Chinese cuisine.
There were eight teams from Singapore competing with a total of 53 international teams from 13 countries including China, Taiwan, Japan, Netherlands, Malaysia, Spain and Korea. Our Singapore teams were namely- My Humble House, Tung Lok Classics, Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Jumbo Group, Jin Shan Restaurant at Marina Bay Sands, Tung Lok Seafood, Society of Chinese Cuisine Chefs, and Huo Yow Cooks’ Association.
The opening ceremony was officiated by Andrew Tjioe, President of the Restaurant Association of Singapore and the Guest of Honour, Mr Lim Heng Kiang, Minister for Trade and Industry.
Mr Andrew Tjioe, also chief executive of the TungLok Group, said: “The competition is a beneficial platform not only to enhance chefs’ professionalism in the food and beverage industry, but also promote our restaurants’ chefs to a higher culinary standard.”- A statement that was well received by the audience.
Each team competed to produce six dishes in four categories – appetiser, soup, hot dish and pastry art – within three and a half hours.
Amidst his busyness, I was able to strike a chord with the senior executive chef. He mentioned he was not being able to sleep well the night before, and was ebullient about this grand event.
He mentioned: “The standard of competition is very high and we have been training every day so far for three hours. A month before the championship, the training was even more intense. We are geared to win!” I was totally galvanized by his zeal.
This has taught us a real inspirational lesson and was shared among our ANX team members- Our passion for what we do, aims at doing it at our best, needs to be contagious. Motivation coupled with enthusiasm, and you still need to take action – that is perspiration!
Our ANX team at work.
Hard work truly paid off. Our client won a gold medal in the creative excellence award for best display! WooHoo!!