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Hilton Hotels Southeast Asia Lauds Hilton Bali Resort for Culinary Excellence

Hilton Hotels International have announced the winners of the Fifth Annual Southeast Asia F&B Masters Finals held in Kota Kinabalu where top food and beverage talent from Hilton Hotels in the region were unveiled.

The Grand Finals were held at the Hilton Kota Kinabalu on February 28-29, 2019.

Over a four-month period over 600 contestants – all team members from Hilton’s 40 hotels in South East Asia participated in a series of rigorous competitions across six disciplines: barista, culinary, F&B photography, mixology, dessert (“Willy Wonka”) and sommelier (“Wine Enthusiast”).

This year’s competition adopted the theme of sustainability with contestants encouraged to adopt the use of locally sourced ingredients, sustainable seafood and zero plastic throughout all challenge rounds.

Hilton Bali Resort won honors in the culinary realm.

The winners of the Hilton SEA F&B Masters 2018/2019 are:

Barista Challenge: Parichat Pramo from Hilton Pattaya

Culinary Challenge: Edi Wahyudi from Hilton Bali Resort

F&B Photography Challenge: Jerrald Ng from Hilton Singapore

Willy Wonka Challenge: Sookruedee Rattanawanich from Conrad Bangkok

Mixology Challenge: Shine Jubin Kim from Hilton Singapore

Wine Enthusiast Challenge: Janjira Dong U-Ten from Millennium Hilton Bangkok

“As a leading hospitality company, we pride ourselves on delivering great guest experiences across the globe, and it is our people who deliver those experiences. Our team members our greatest assets and we always seek to give them opportunities to grow and develop in both their own roles and their areas of interest. The annual F&B Masters is one way we engage our hotel teams whilst enabling them to showcase their talent and culinary skills and it is impressive to see the amount of creativity and tenacity that has gone into each of these recipes,” said Paul Hutton, vice president, operations, South East Asia, Hilton.

The 24 finalists hailing from seven countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Thailand emerged victorious after a long competitive journey starting at the hotel level competition, followed by the national-sub-regional level competition to earn a coveted spots in the grand finals. This year’s competition also marked the inaugural F&B Photography challenge, at a time where technology plays a vital role in the sharing of dining experiences across social media channels.

At the finals, contestants demonstrated their culinary skills, creativity and adaptability by using only local produce sourced across Malaysia to create a local specialties.

“In line with our sustainability commitment, this year’s competition also incorporated the use of ‘Zero Plastics’ in addition to sustainably sourced ingredients, and we have seen some really creative replacements of traditional plastic items with alternatives such as lemongrass straws and bamboo food pick. This further emphasizes our commitment to cut our environmental footprint in half, to create a positive impact on the communities our hotels are operating in,” added Hutton, on the use of zero plastics during the competition.

The Hilton SEA F&B Masters is an internal competition open to all Team Members within Hilton’s properties across South East Asia. Held for the fifth year running, the competition was launched to identify, develop and celebrate top food and beverage talent across the Hilton portfolio in the region while giving them the opportunity to develop skills, hone their creativity, and gain real-world experience.

At the Hilton SEA F&B Masters 2018/2019, more than 1,600 food, cocktail and dessert recipes were created by the contestants across South East Asia.

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