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Thinking Inside A Black Box

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts Bali Win Gold at MLA Bali Black Box Culinary Challenge 2010.

(11/8/2010) Bulgari Hotels and Resorts' Bali Team took home the gold awards at The Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA ) Black Box Culinary Challenge 2010 held during a gala dinner held the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa November 1-2, 2010.

In addition to wining the first prize, Bulgari also swept away two additional awards during the world class cooking competition hosted by Bali Culinary Professionals (BCP).

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Bali Culinary Professionals endorsed this year's MLA culinary Challenge in recognition of the Australian Meat industries contribution to Bali's culinary development and their annual support of this unique event.

Ten regional teams took the challenge for a chance to move on to aubaequent competition at a national level. 8 talented teams from five star hotels in Bali, a team from Young Chefs Club Indonesia and a team from Bali Tourism Academy (STP) - all competed for honors

The Results

Overall Winner: Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Bali

First runner up: Banyan Tree Ungasan Bali

Second runner up: St. Regis Bali

Best Appetizer and Best Table Display: Young Chefs Club Indonesia

Best Soup: Holiday Inn Resort Bali

Best Main Course and Best Dessert: Bulgari Hotels and Resorts Bali

"BCP continually supports standard-enhancing initiatives designed to promote Bali in the tourism and food related industries, such as MLA black box culinary challenge", said Darren Lauder, vice president of Bali Culinary Professionals.

"Young Chefs Cub participation in this competition demonstrates our commitment to the local hospitality industry and Bali as an international culinary destination," he added.

The MLA Black Box Culinary Challenge is a team-based chefs competition showcasing high quality Australian red meat products to current and future chefs around the world. The challenge itself is a unique competition, where a team receives a black box containing ingredients 24 hours prior to the start of the competition. Each team must then create a three-course menu, to be served at the gala dinner.

Bali Culinary Professions

Bali Culinary Professionals is a non-profit organization that supports chefs in Bali. Membership is drawn from chefs representing hotels and restaurants across the Island of Bali, together with food and beverage managers, owners and suppliers to the hospitality industry. The goal of the organization is to create, maintain and improve professional standards of chefs, highlighting and encouraging skill acquisition while showcasing Balinese food and local culinary professionals locally and overseas.