The Ministry of Tourism is calling on owners of restaurants to enter a nation-wide culinary contest, announcing that the deadline to submit applications has been pushed back to the end of September.
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The competition, which is being held this year for the first time, it’s a yearly event to determine the best restaurants in the country that specialise in local dishes.
Winners will be chosen based on the presentation and taste of their dishes.
According to Chhay Sivlin, president of the Cambodia Association of Travel Agents, the purpose of the new competition is to enhance the quality of the local food offer to lure more tourists into the country and make them stay longer.
“The contest will help restaurant increase the quality of their dishes and their service, and will allow them to promote their establishments to a wider audience,” he said.
Kim Sereyroath, director of the Department for the Management of Tourism Services and Food, said the contest aims to establish model restaurants that will inspire other restaurant owners to bump up quality.
He said officials at the Ministry of Tourism will decide the winner, adding that any establishment that sells Khmer food can participate. The contest has two main categories: best restaurant and best food court.
“The contest has attracted great interest and we have received many applications,” Mr Sereyroath said, adding that in some provinces as many as 80 businesses have applied.
This year’s winner will be announced in early 2019.