Samurai Chef winners compete to design dish for Japanese airline

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 20th January 2016
As part of their prize, the finalists from the Seven Samurai Chefs challenge will now compete against each other in Japan to design a dish for a 5-star Business Class menu. Launched between All Nipon Airways (ANA) and theseven samurai (BHA), the competition winners will now take an eight day tour of Japan where they will get the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most-celebrated food markets such as Tokyo, Osaka, Toba and Kyoto. One lucky winner will also collaborate with  ANA’s own award-winning catering team to create a light meal for its Winter 2016 Business Class menu. The seven finalists will be immersed in Japanese culture gaining the rare opportunity to master the cooking techniques of award-winning chefs, including Sadakatsu Matsuura.  They will also experience the unique production methods behind popular local delicacies, such as soy sauce. David Loewi, owner of the D&D London, Chairman of The Restaurant Association and the judging panel, said: “The industry is always on the lookout for new talent and we are delighted to offer seven rising stars the opportunity to travel to Japan and be inspired by the diverse local cuisine the country has to offer, while discovering new ingredients and techniques that they can put into practice upon their return to the UK.” Mr. Yutaka Ito, ANA Senior Vice President, EMEA and General Manager, London said: “We have been very impressed by the quality of entries we received and the enthusiasm from all of the chefs. Inspiration is the key to innovation, which is the basis of ANA’s brand ethos, and why we are looking forward to seeing how the culinary tour of Japan inspires the Seven Samurai finalists.” Ufi Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association said: “We’re committed to nurturing and growing the best of British culinary talent. This competition is part of that commitment and offers a unique chance for up-and-coming chefs to expand their knowledge and skills in one of the world’s greatest culinary arts. “The UK has a growing affinity for Japan and Japanese culture and we’re delighted to collaborate with ANA, whose award-winning catering team has established a reputation for some of the best in-flight dining around.” The aim of the competition is to encourage more chefs to incorporate new techniques and Japanese ingredients into menus across the UK. The seven winners will be in Japan until 24 January. You can follow their journey on Twitter using the hashtag #7SamuraiChefs. Official sponsors of Seven Samurai Chef Tour are ANA, BHA, Harro Foods, Mie Prefecture, Miki Travel, Prince Hotels and Resorts and Toba City.

 >>>Learn more about the Seven Samurai Chef Tour in Japan here

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 20th January 2016

Samurai Chef winners compete to design dish for Japanese airline