Salon Culinaire "Black Box Battle" 2016 held October 25-26

by Ken Stewart
Guam Food Guy

It would take days to write all about this prestigious culinary event, which continues to evolve into a world-class competition in its complexity and conformance to regulation. This is a true testing of the skill sets that have been developed by the chefs and definitely shows how anyone with the right drive, vision, passion, and energy can, with focus and determination, succeed in earning that coveted top trophy, medal, cash, and bragging rights for the year!

As you browse through some of the images you can get a real sense of the kitchen dynamics and the time pressures the competitors faced as they rushed to complete their submissions on time for the judges.

Please find below the official rankings of the various divisions that competed.

1. Okkodo High School
2. Southern High School
3. Simon Sanchez High School

1. Rotessa Sumpay
2. Maynard Calilung
3. Linh Therrien

1. Nathan Camacho - P.I.C.
2. James Opena - Personal Chef
3. Kimberly Dompor - Cafe Panadero

1. Darren Dragon - P.I.C.
2. Jasmine Nadres - Lotte Hotel Guam
3. Regine Olarte - Dusit Thani Guam Resort

1. Marivic Capati - Hilton Guam Resort & Spa
2. Marny Zaldivar - PIC
3. Grace Enriquez - Outrigger Guam Beach Resort

For the Masters Black Box Competition, the six competing chefs were incredibly challenged by the mystery ingredients organized by Chef Peter Duenas. These included the rump of a deer, a bottle of beer, fresh sugar cane and frozen sugar cane, malungay flowers, cinnamon apple sauce, Panda Express Fried Rice and some local berries. The chefs had 40 minutes to create their entree! And the winners:

1. Simplicio "JR" Taga - PIC
2. Scott Robertson - Hyatt Regency Guam
3. Paul Kerner - G.C.C.

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