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Since 2017, the Okura Prestige Bangkok has hosted an annual cooking competition in search for great young talents across the nation

The momentum is still strong with The Okura Prestige Bangkok's support of culinary arts as the hotel announces the third edition of its annual cooking competition for Thai culinary students.

The aim of the competition remains to share hotel’s knowledge with young talents in order to help boost their careers in the hospitality and F&B industry. The winner of the competition will get to go on a nine-day culinary educational trip in Amsterdam.

Eligible to Thai nationals, aged 18-25, from the fields of hospitality, kitchen and tourism, application to the competition includes a short video demonstration of the applicant's cooking. (See link to full competition criteria below.) 

Out of all applicants, five will be chosen for exclusive tutelage under master chef Shigeru Hagiwara at the Okura's award-winning Yamazato Japanese restaurant. At the end of the training course, each contestant will present a signature dish at Judges’ Panel Night, and only one will be award the nine-day trip to Amsterdam staying at the Hotel Okura Amsters to train with two-star Michelin chef Onno Kokmeije of Ciel Bleu. During the entire stay at Amsterdam, lunch and dinner will be provided by Yamazato and Ciel Bleu. Day trips around Amsteran, plus visa, travel insurance and pocket money will also be covered by the competition. The entire prize is valued at more than 100,000 baht. 

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Last year's five finalists with  Shigeru Hagiwara

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Wissarut Aroonsri, winner of last year's competition

To testament to the Okura Prestige Bangkok's dedication to the careers of promising young Thai chefs, Wissarut Aroonsri, after winning last year's cooking competition, also won himself a position at Elements, a Thailand Tatler Best Restaurant and Michelin-starred restaurant at the hotel.

Submission deadlines for this year's competition is March 29, 2019. Click here for full details of competition criteria and schedule. 

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