Contest brings touch of France to Brunei

Lyna Mohamad

Eight teams of two comprising culinary students from Laksamana College of Business and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) and homecook enthusiasts engaged in a French Gourmet Cook-Off organised by Alliance Française de Brunei Darussalam (AFBD) in conjunction with Francophonie 2021, which is a celebration of French culture and language worldwide, at OneCity Shopping Centre.

The participants engaged in live cooking, producing French entrée (starter) and plat principal (main course) judged by jury panel comprising French Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Christian Ramage, member of the Board of Directors of Alliance Française Pierre Imhof, French pastry chef Vincent Bostyn and winner of the previous Alliance Française 2020 baking competition and cook enthusiast Muris.

Aauddi Zakhwan Yusuf and Dayangku Almas Sallamah binti Pengiran Haji Omar from Laksamana College bagged cash prizes in two categories: winning a BND600 cash prize for best entrée; and BND800 for best entrée and plat principal. Meanwhile, Mikaaeilyiana binti Ariahim and Haji Mohd Fatin Faiz bin Muhammad Firdaus Lau from IBTE won BND600 for best plat principal.

President of AFBD Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah said the event was aimed at introducing the French culture and gourmet to the local community. It also provided exposure for youth with passion in the culinary arts by giving them the opportunity to apply the knowledge gained and be creative in preparing international cuisines.

Christian Ramage pointed out that during the Francophonie event, all French embassies and consulates at countries present, will promote the French language, culture, literature cinema movies and cuisine.

“A competition such as this can provide good exposure for the local youth, especially those looking for working opportunities abroad and simultaneously provide an opportunity for the embassy or Alliance to promote French gastronomy.”

The event concluded with a prize presentation, with Christian Ramage and Pehin Dato Seri Setia Haji Hazair presenting prizes to the winners.

A participating team preparing a dish. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD
The panel of judges at the competition
French Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Christian Ramage and President of Alliance Francaise de Brunei Darussalam Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Haji Hazair bin Haji Abdullah at the prize presentation along with a winning team