A Taste Quest – The Delicious Wonders of Vietnam

It’s an early December morning in Ho Chi Minh. In a buzzing gymnasium right in the heart of the city center 15 teams are competing in the third and final round of the fourth edition of the Golden Spoon Awards – a nation-wide cooking contest, crowning the best up-and-coming Vietnamese chefs.

Amid clattering dishes, clicking cutlery and the abundance of flavors, young food masters from all corners of Vietnam are being evaluated based on creativity, presentation, hygiene and, naturally, the quality of their dishes. Extra points are given for providing modern yet unique twists to traditional Vietnamese recipes.

Twelve hours and 60 dishes later, the verdict is finally in. The jury made up of renowned local and foreign culinary experts, including Eckart Witzigmann, who was named “Chef of the Century” by the French restaurant guide Gault Millau in 1994, have made up their mind.

Winning chef Le Vo Anh Duy with Vu Hoang My, first runner-up to Miss Vietnam 2010 and Golden Spoon Awards ambassador.

“We’ve been very bold with our choices for four years, which almost got us disqualified in 2015, but we didn’t give up. Our persistence paid off in the end. I am incredibly happy.”

– Le Vo Anh Duy

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Source: The New York Times

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