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Hilton's Chefs Win Trip to Japan

Young Team of Chefs from Bali's Hilton Win Honors and Right to Represent Indonesia in Kyoto Cook Off.

(2/8/2002) A team of young chefs from Bali Hilton International Hotel will represent Indonesia at the Regional Final of the Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Black Box Culinary Challenge in Kyoto, Japan in March after winning a gold medal at the Indonesia finals held on January 31, 2002.

An exciting "cook off" between three top teams from Bali and Jakarta Hotels, culminating in a gala lunch provided by the competing teams were the highlight of the recent Food Hotel and Tourism Bali 2002.

The first runner up were the teams from the Aston Hotel Jakarta followed by the cooking team from Le Meridien Nirwana Golf and Spa Resort Bali.

The gala lunch held at the Bali International Convention Centre was attended by 80 guests. Each table enjoying an exclusive meal prepared by one of the teams of competing chefs. The winning team served their table an entrée of "Atlantic Salmon Delicacy". This was followed by the well-rounded main course entitled "Beef is Beef", closing with a dessert of "Lactos Cream Cheese Tower".

Now in its sixth year, The MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge is the only competition for chefs under the age of 30. This year's competition included competitions at nine trade shows around the South Asia region since the current round began in 2000. Teams are given a box of mystery ingredients compiled by the MLA and given 24 hours to prepare dishes for the gala meal the next day.

The winning team from the Bali Hilton was comprised of Made Atmaja, Wayan Linggih and Putu M. Guna. The Team Leader from the Hilton was their Executive Chef I Ketut Sukamara.

The organizer, MLA is a producer-owned organization that carries out marketing and research for the Australian red meat industry. Through education and promotion, MLA aims to increase the awareness of Australian beef and lamb among consumers, the trade and the foodservice sector internationally and works closely with the industry worldwide.