“The experience was extremely rewarding,” said the Executive Chef of the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Stefan Hogan, commenting on the hotel’s recent sweep of awards at the Hotelympia event.
A team of chefs from Malta’s grande dame Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa shined at London’s biyearly Hotelympia competition, the UK’s largest food service and hospitality event, walking away with a total of 8 medals and awards. The chefs at Corinthia Palace recently received acclaim for their exceptional cooking at Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Heads of State Dinner during The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, November 27-29, 2015.
During the four-day event, Chef Jonathan Zammit won a gold medal for his Amuse Bouche and a silver medal in Caesar Salads, while Chef Mark McBride placed second in Chocolate Sculpting, Chef Rueben Borg was awarded two silver medals (one in Amuse Bouche and the other in Fish Filleting), and Chef Mark Tabone got a bronze medal in Caesar Salads and another in Duck Filleting.
“We were very pleased with the results, and we were pleasantly surprised that the team won a special Chairman’s Award from the Skills Theater Judges. These results are incredibly promising and we’re already looking forward to taking part again in two years’ time, which is when the next Hotelympia will take place,” Hogan added.
While in London, several of the hotel’s chefs also had the opportunity to spend time doing cross-exposure at the iconic Dorchester Hotel, during which time they worked in a number of its kitchens, including at the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Alain Ducasse and the high-end Cantonese restaurant, China Tang.
“The link between the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa and the Dorchester was set up by Professor Emeritus David Foskett, MBE, who is a member of the Academy of Culinary Arts and the Craft Guild of Chefs,” continues Chef Stefan.
“While there, some members of our team had the opportunity to work in some of the UK’s busiest and best kitchens, with Chef Jonathan spending a total of three weeks there. I also met up with the Executive Chef of the Dorchester, Henry Brosi, to discuss further opportunities for our chefs.”
Chef Stefan is now also working with Professor Emeritus Foskett to set up an apprenticeship scheme for the chefs of the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa. “Both the experience at The Dorchester and Hotelympia have inspired many of our chefs, both junior and senior, to become more creative, raise our already-high standards, and to compete in both national and international competitions,” Chef Stefan says. “Nevertheless, we couldn’t be prouder of the results, particularly when considering that we placed in all the categories we entered at Hotelympia.”
The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa’s kitchen brigade’s stellar performance at Hotelympia comes after an incredibly busy period, which, over the past couple of months, saw them handle some very important projects, including Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Heads of State Dinner for CHOGM.
The Chefs are now gearing up for the Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday, April 24, at the historic Villa Corinthia, which will bring back the glamour of the Edwardian high-tea in spectacular surroundings.
The Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is the original flagship of Corinthia Hotels, opened in 1968. Located in the heart of the island of Malta, adjacent to the Presidential Palace, the 150-room five-star Corinthia Palace exudes grace and historic charm. It is positioned between the island’s capital Valletta and Mdina, the picturesque medieval silent city that is still inhabited till this day. This opulent hotel offers the leisure guest an extensive range of facilities, including the Athenaeum Spa and Health Club, complete with as wide range of revitalizing treatments and indoor and outdoor pools. With a century-old restored villa as its main dining venue, this hotel is all about warmth, personal attention, and traditional elegance. The hotel boasts top-class restaurants, including Rickshaw, offering Asian-fusion dishes, and the al fresco Summer Kitchen. For corporate guests, modern business facilities are available, with a large conference room easily accommodating 450 delegates, and six syndicate rooms including two boardrooms for smaller groups. Corinthia Palace is a 21st-century stately hotel, created by experts with a passion for craftsmanship and an understanding of world-class service. Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa is an award-winning member of Corinthia Hotels’ collection of five-star hotels founded by the Pisani family of Malta.
The sunny islands of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, are home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in any nation-state anywhere. Valletta built by the proud Knights of St. John is one of the UNESCO sights and the European Capital of Culture for 2018. Malta’s patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire’s most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods. With superbly sunny weather, attractive beaches, a thriving nightlife and 7,000 years of intriguing history, there is a great deal to see and do.
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