Myanmar Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam U Htin Lynn had the honour to assume the role of special judge at the Brunei Food Awards (BFA) at Mulia Hotel last Thursday.
The ambassador and spouse were welcomed at Mulia Hotel by Brunei Food Awards Chief Executive Officer Haji Nasir bin Dato Paduka Latif, Brunei Association of Hotels (BAH) President Mohd Iswandi bin Maaruf and restaurant representatives Hajah Rohani binti Haji Salleh, Molly Bong, Nurmalyanah Jaya, Cynthia Wong Sing Yie and Rabiatul Amalina binti Azami.
Mulia Hotel presented two dishes – Mulia Beef Noodle with condiments and Yam Pau – for the judges to sample.
Aimed at promoting and invigorating the growth of the local food and beverage industry, the BFA recognises and formally awards the best dishes of both local and international cuisines across all four districts in the Sultanate.
Dish evaluation is based on the EAT Methodology standard utilised by the World Food Championships that takes into account the execution, appearance and taste of the dish.
To qualify as a certified food judge, an individual must undergo and pass an examination set by the World Food Championships.
An integral part of the BFA, the food judging activities are evaluated by certified judges including a few special experts who will provide a score for the dishes submitted by participating restaurants and eateries from across the Sultanate.
Last year, BFA recorded the participation of 336 restaurants. This year has seen the involvement of over 200 restaurants. However, more are expected to be evaluated this month before the official BFA event in December.
The BFA 2021 registration remains open until early December.
BFA Directors Pengiran Hassanuddin bin Pengiran Haji Damit and Hamidah Ismail were also present at the event.