The Okura Prestige Bangkok organised its first cooking competition in 2017 with the main objective of sharing hotel industry knowledge with students studying in the hospitality, kitchen and tourism industries. The previous two installments of the competition drew many interesting and talented students who are committed to a professional career in the kitchen. In the case of Wissarut Aroonsri, who won the 2018 competition with the highest total score, his performance also earned him a position on the culinary team at Elements, The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s Michelin-starred restaurant.
Once again, this year the hotel invites students studying in the hospitality, kitchen and tourism industries to take part in its 3rd cooking competition by sending in their application, accompanied by a short cooking video, to the organising committee. Applicants must be Thai nationals aged 18 - 25 years old. Only 5 qualified applicants will be selected for a training with Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara at the hotel’s signature Japanese restaurant, Yamazato. At the end of the training course, applicants will prepare signature dishes for an invited committee and distinguished guests at the Judges’ Panel Night, following which the chosen winner will receive a 9-day educational trip to Hotel Okura Amsterdam. The prize includes round trip air tickets to Amsterdam, 8 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Okura Amsterdam, a luncheon and dinner at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurants Yamazato and Ciel Bleu, a day trip in Amsterdam, plus visa arrangements, travel insurance, pocket money and a training course with two-star Michelin Chef Onno Kokmeijer. Chef Onno has been awarded the title SVH Meesterchef (master chef) by the Dutch hospitality organisation Stichting Vakbekwaamheid Horeca. SVH strives to retain and expand professional knowledge in the hospitality industry and awards ‘master’ titles in five categories including chef, host and sommelier. The SVH ‘master’ title is the highest honour awarded by the Dutch hospitality industry. The 9-day educational trip is valued at more than Baht 100,000.
“Our cooking competition offer’s a great opportunity for students seeking careers in the hospitality, kitchen and tourism industries. The standards set by the talented young chefs in our last two cooking competitions were very high and I was so impressed with their passion for the culinary arts. This is not only a competition to win an overseas educational trip, but also an opportunity for the experienced professionals at The Okura Prestige Bangkok to share their knowledge with students who wish to become part of the hotel, and food and beverage industry. I look forward to welcoming applicants to the latest edition of our cooking competition this year,” said Mr. Edward E. Snoeks, General Manager of The Okura Prestige Bangkok.
Interested applicants should submit their application with relevant documents to the Human Resources Department at The Okura Prestige Bangkok before 29 March 2019 and post their cooking video by 5 April 2019. Full details of the criteria for candidates and a scheduled timeline of the cooking competition can be found below.
- Male or female, Thai nationality, aged between 18-25 years old
- 3rd or 4th year student of the faculty of tourism, hospitality, cooking school at an accredited university, or 2nd year student of a higher vocational cooking school
- Minimum GPA 2.75
- Good command of English
- Able to travel abroad with written permission from a parent or a letter from his/her educational institution
- Able to supply all relevant documentation for travel visa application
- Holds a Thai passport with at least 2 years of validity remaining
- No contagious or other diseases. Medical certificate required
- No criminal record
- Confident to be alone while abroad