Professional teams from five-star hotels, resorts and culinary institutes throughout Thailand recently came together to compete at the first ever Dilmah Real High Tea Challenge Thailand 2014 which took place at Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.
Bringing their understanding of tea to the high-tea table were 15 of Thailand’s top hotels and hospitality companies including Centara Grand at Central World; Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit; Four Seasons Hotel, Bangkok; The Westin Grande Sukhumvit; Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit; Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok Golf Resort and Spa; Zazen Boutique Resort and Spa; Hotel Muse; Angsana Laguna Phuket; Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Gold and Spa Resort; Swissôtel Resort Phuket; JW Marriott Khao Lak Resort and Spa; Holiday Inn Chiang Mai; Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok and Impact Exhibition Management.
Two days of stiff competition, exceptional creativity and innovation in tea gastronomy and mixology resulted in the dynamic duo from Shangri-La Bangkok coming out on top.
The team from Shangri-La Bangkok consisting of Executive Pastry Chef Reinolf Moessl, and Ms. Wilai Tangprasertsuk, Team Leader of the Lobby Lounge, shared their visions by presenting a contemporary ‘Pink Royal’ themed high-tea, focusing on the unique Thai culture and incorporating royal elegance in every aspect from the elaborate tableware and flower decorations, to the well-thought out pairings and sophisticated plating of each dish and beverage.
Both Chef Reinolf and Khun Wilai were highly praised by all three judges for their harmonious matching of tea with food, and notable teamwork during the presentation. Their knowledge of tea was displayed in their well-thought out reasoning behind each pairing and concoction, as well as the overall flow of their presentation. Moreover, Judge Chef Bernd Uber also claimed that the brewing of the traditional loose leaf black tea was “one of the best in years.”
They winning pair will soon embark on a spectacular seven-day VIP tour of Sri Lanka, to personally experience the home of Dilmah, and will travel back to Sri Lanka in May 2015 to represent Thailand in the Dilmah Real High Tea Global Challenge.
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DILMAH REAL HIGH TEA CHALLENGE THAILAND 2014