Star Cruises, the leading cruise line in the Asia-Pacific celebrated another year of success at the Battle of the Chefs 2016 biennial competition. The Star Cruises’ team of chefs raised the bar this year by winning a total of 18 medals including 2 Gold, 7 Silver and 9 Bronze medals, together with 11 Diploma Awards and also securing the Most Outstanding Live Cooking Master Chef Award and the Most Outstanding US Potatoes Master Chef Challenge Award.
“This has been another incredible year for our Star Cruises chefs at the Battle of the Chefs 2016 competition, as they continue to hone their culinary skills, competing with both local and regional teams from across the industry. We are extremely proud of the team’s spectacular performance and their achievements,” said Cheng Foong Sim, Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Star Cruises. “However, we won’t rest on our laurels. Our chefs will continue to learn, grow and develop their talents to deliver authentic and innovative cuisines from across the region and globally, constantly reaffirming Star Cruises’ position as the leading culinary destination at sea.”
Led by Executive Chef Saifol Iskandar Ikhsan, the Star Cruises team emerged victorious in a series of Master Chefs Challenge categories at this year’s Battle of the Chefs competition, which was held at the SPICE Arena in Penang, Malaysia from 18-20 August 2016. The three-day challenge saw over 1,500 local and international chefs from 32 countries compete for the medals and recognitions.
Among the individual highlights at this year’s competition was Mr. Shah Irwan Omar, Sous Chef of SuperStar Gemini whom was awarded the Most Outstanding Live Cooking Master Chef Award, accumulating two Gold, one Silver, one Bronze and two Diploma awards in the six classes of competition he contested. In addition, he also garnered the Most Outstanding US Potatoes Master Chef Challenge Award for accumulating the highest number of points in this class.
Fleet Executive Chef for Chinese Cuisine, Mr. Lee Eng Heng led three chefs, Executive Chef Mr. Choo Ngee Boon, Assistant Chinese Chef Mr. Ho Hon Mun and Executive Sous Chef Mr. Yee Chee Woon, as well as Pastry Chef, Mr. Alex Lono Navarro from Star Pisces to a bronze medal in the Imperial Jade Chinese Cuisine Championship. The team dazzled the judges with their innovative technique in creating an amazing 6-course set contemporary Chinese cuisine menu, sealing their position in the top three at the championship.