Jeunes Commis Rotisseurs 2009
By Scott Moses Translated by Ann Lee
The world-renowned Chaine des Rotisseurs society will be holding its Jeunes Commis Rotisseurs 2009, with New York selected as the battleground for this year's intense culinary competition. The goal of this event is to measure the abilities of the finest up-and-coming chefs between the ages of 20 and 26 and with no more than five years of training.
In preparation for this competition, Taiwan's branch of the Chaine society is currently holding a series of events to carefully select a finalist who will represent Taiwan. The preliminary competitions were held earlier in March in both Taichung and Taipei. Competitors were given a mysterious "black box" filled with ingredients that they were required to use in preparing a three-course meal within a four-hour time period. With no warning of what was to come, the young chefs were expected to use their skills and intuition to impress four kitchen judges and 12 tasting judges with immeasurable years of fine dining experience.
The finalists from these two competitions will go on to compete in Taiwan's final competition, to be held on May 30 at the Taipei Vocational Training Center. The young competitors who emerge victoriously from this event will go on to represent Taiwan in New York on October 2, 2009. We can hope these promising local chefs will once again achieve international triumph, return with the skills they used to overcome the relentless competition from around the globe, and continue creating tasty combinations for Taiwan's diners to sink their teeth into.
To learn more about this upcoming event, feel free to check www.Chaine.tw