Organised by the Royal Thai Consulate-General in Dubai, the Art of Thai Culinary 2019 event was organised to increase awareness and understanding of the Thai culinary scene.
According to sister title Caterer Middle East, each chef had to cook traditional Thai dish lon goong (shrimp in coconut milk relish) and the popular Thai dessert tab tim grob (water chestnuts in sweetened coconut milk).
The contestants were judged by Thai government officials based in the UAE, presidents of the Thai Professional Culinary Club in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Thai food experts from the Thai Catering Department, Thai Airways International, PCL and the UAE, and media representatives.
Amara Mahayothee of Bambooda at Roda Al Bustan Hotel took home the top prize for her lon goong, while Amron Charoenkarn won the tab tim grob crown with his version of the dessert.
An awards ceremony will be held in August 2019 where the winners of each menu and their restaurants will be presented with certificates and trophies, respectively, and the winning chefs of lon goong and tab tim grob will perform cooking demonstrations.