NagaWorld’s culinary chefs took the lion’s share of 5 out of 9 gold medals that were up for grabs at the recently concluded 2018 Cambodia National Culinary Competition.
The competition was organised by the Cambodian Chefs Federation and held at the Academy of Culinary Arts Cambodia.
NagaWorld won the highest number of medals, including 5 golds, 3 silvers and a bronze from the nine categories participated in by chefs from across the Kingdom.
The judging panel comprised prominent local and international chefs who had to adhere to a strict criteria set by the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS), a renowned global network of chefs associations founded in 1928.
Leading the way for NagaWorld was Ms. Reth Norinrasmey, who grabbed a gold in the plate dessert category as well as an exceptionally high score in WACS judging, which granted her an internationally recognised gold award.
The 26-year-old pastry Demi Chef from Phnom Penh stunned the judges with her trio of sweet delights including Kampong Cham Pumpkin Crème Brûlée, Gastronomic Chocolate and The Taste Pina Colada.
Norinrasmey, a former accountant, joined NagaWorld three years ago to pursue her dream career of being a chef.
Ecstatic with her result, she said, “I look forward to making more exciting desserts in NagaWorld to make our guests go ‘Wow, I want to eat that now!’”
Meanwhile, Nagaworld female pastry Demi Chef, Ms. Se Thavy, claimed top honours in the Live Cake Decoration category for her decadent Kampot Young Coconut and Pandan Cream Cake, which also saw her receive a Silver WACS award.
Senior Chef de Partie Kouch Panha of the 2Pangea restaurant at Naga2, picked up a Gold medal in the Appetizer category.
In the Vegetarian category, Senior Chef de Partie Leav Raksmey of Bistro Romano Italian restaurant emerged as the Gold winner for his braised carrot roll with eggplant, button mushroom risotto and pumpkin ravioli.
Naga2 Senior Chef de Partie Mr. Yann Vuthy collected the fifth gold for NagaWorld in the Meat category thanks to his mouth-watering Pan-seared Beef Tenderloin, which utilised Cambodian herbs.
The three Silver medals were won by Naga2 Chef de Partie Mr. In Sok Hoan in the Vegetable Live Carving category, Naga2 Food Pavilion Commis I Mr. Dol Sideth in the Seafood category and a team effort of Indochine Junior Sous Chef Mr. Lim Nouv and NagaRock Commis I Mr. Chao Sovandy in Cambodian cuisine, while pastry Commis I Mr. San Sokkhouch bagged a bronze for his Bread display.
All guests at NagaWorld can now enjoy the gold award-winning creation of Kampot Young Coconut and Pandan Cream Cake at the Lobby Lounge along with other signature dishes featured across its 27 food & beverage outlets and clubs.