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250 participants vie for top honours at Borneo Hospitality Challenge

28th February, 2020


KOTA KINABALU: About 250 participants from the Southeast Asia region are expected to vie for the top honours at the inaugural Borneo Hospitality Challenge 2020.

The competition, on May 30-31 at the Sabah International Convention Centre, aims to make Borneo Island into one of the world-class culinary venues, as invitations have been sent out to international participants.

At the same time, international judges will also be invited to carry out the judging process.

“We want to divert the international level hospitality challenge to Borneo Island as all this while, most of the prestigious events in Malaysia are held in the peninsula,” organising chairman, Dion Jee said.

According to him, the annual competition will begin in Sabah this year, and next year, it will be Sarawak’s turn and thereafter, Kalimantan.

“These three territories will take turns to host the event on a rotation basis as we will be inviting international chefs to judge the event,” he explained.

Through the competition, they want to offer an enriching experience for all, to create and showcase as well as strengthen their common faith and commitment through sharing talents, he said.

There 20 categories available and this includes cold display, patisserie, artistic and hot cooking, food and beverage skill for individual as well as team challenge for professional and junior (students aged 16-25).

The top three winners for each category will respectively receive prize money of USD1,000, USD500 and USD200 as well as medals and certificates issued by International Food and Beverage Association (IFBA).

The entry fees are RM150, RM200 and RM500, depending on the categories.

The competition is open to any individuals, including homemakers, so long as they adhere to the rules and regulations of the competition, he said, adding that the event will start from 7am to 9pm.

To date, about 250 competitors from Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and Thailand have confirmed their participation. There will also be exhibition booths for the suppliers to promote their products.

“Initially, we have about 500 competitors representing 15 countries but now it is reduced to five (countries) due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We will be inviting 40 foreign and seven local judges to do the judging process,” Dion said.

The two-day competition is organised by Borneo Culinary Association Sabah and Sarawak, and endorsed by Malaysian Food and Beverage Executive Association as well as IFBA. It is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment.

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