‘A Net of Gold Fish’ Won the Champion Title for Ingenuity04 Nov 2016
Pacific Kitchen Life Dingshi Cooking Competition: The Third Season
Supported by the Victorian State Government, the Pacific Kitchen Life Ding Shi Chinese Cuisine Cooking Competition returned to Box Hill Central for its third season on 1 Oct.
The event, hosted by Vision China Times newspaper, aimed to boost local community culture and encourage people to appreciate and rediscover traditional Chinese cuisines. The competition received wide support from Melbourne local communities and businesses, and was well-received by many Box Hill locals and visitors present.
Five local Melbourne contestants prepared dishes through two rounds of competition, each with a compulsory key ingredient. This year, the chosen ingredients were tofu, and fish. Through preparing the dishes, the competitors showcased their knowledge in traditional Chinese culinary arts and skill. Because all competitors possessed similar cooking specialties, the winner had a narrow lead by just 0.8 points compared to the runner up!
It was Enlin Chen, a young father with a Malaysian Chinese background, who took the champion crown with his two dishes “Tofu Tossed with Preserved Egg” and “A Net of Gold Fish”.
His dish “A Net of Gold Fish” intrigued the audience for its mysterious name. It consisted of a collection of fried batter-shrouded fish bites which had a golden colour and a lightly sweet, milky taste. The fish bites were rested on a ‘net’ of edible rice flour, also prepped on stage. The design of the dish took Chen almost a week, with multiple failures at the beginning. If the fish bites were not cooked properly, water would seep out to destroy the entire net.
Four of the five competitors were overseas Chinese who came from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia. Runheng Xu from Hong Kong used to deliver home-cooked meals when he first arrived in Melbourne. Weiming Ji from Malaysia worked more than a decade in the cooking industry, and still loved cooking very much. Yun Fang, from China, was both a sponsor and a competitor of the competition, and was very good at cooking spicy Sichuan food and had the support of friends and family who attended on the day. Xinwei Li, a young cook from Taiwan, said that it had always been his dream to attend a cooking competition.
Centre manager of Box Hill Central, Ms Scher, enjoyed watching the competition with friends, and congratulated the event. She said that Box Hill Central had a close relationship with the local Chinese community, and felt it was a great honour to provide the venue for the competition.
Through participating in the quizzes and lottery, the audience had a chance to taste mouth-watering cuisines cooked by the competitors, and were gifted a range of premium presents such as red wines and kitchenware.
Since it was the 3rd season, Dingshi Cooking Competition had accumulated some loyal fans. Ms Wu was present for all three seasons and felt happy about receiving gifts each time. Two special guests were also invited. Zhao Mu - the champion of the 2nd season said he gained experiences and made friends, which was great. Chengwei Yang - one of the competitors from the 1st season - felt the competition was meaningful and would like to compete once again if allowed.
As the champion, Chen received prizes from multiple sponsors, including $1000 Pacific Easy Clean, $369 Buffalo premium stainless kitchenware set-of-four, $288 Arbor large chopping board, $168 Royal Edible Bird Nest gift box, and a prize from Serenity Taiwan Tea. The other four competitors received Buffalo premium stainless kitchenware, Arbor chopping board and prizes from Serenity Taiwan Tea.
Audiences may have noticed that the five competitors were all male while the five judges were all female. Tina Liu, also known as The Girl of Box Hill, was one of the judges. She began volunteering in many local community activities from a young age, and is now a candidate for the Whitehorse City Council. Also present to judge were the director of Land Mark Investments Australia Cindy Meng, chairwoman of Serenity Taiwan Tea Candy Chang, chairwoman of Azure Medical-Beauty Bonnie Xu, and deputy president of Sunshine Chorus Xiaochun Tang.
As the winner of this season, Chen will compete with several other champions from Sydney and Melbourne in the final competition to be held at the end of the year, for the grand title of “2006 Ding Shi Cook”. Let’s wait and see!
【看中國訊】10月1日周六中午11点，由《看中国》报社主办的“2016太平洋抽油烟机杯——鼎食厨艺大赛”第三季在墨尔本Box Hill Central（博士山购物中心）火热开赛。博士山购物中心的经理谢尔（Heidi Scher）女士和朋友一同前来观赛，并向主办方、选手和现场观众送上了祝贺。
也许眼尖的观众发现了，本次厨艺赛的五名选手全部是男生，而五位评委全部是女生。被稱為“屬於博士山的女孩”的Tina Liu劉昱婷，從小就熱心參與華人社團內的各種義務工作，她是本屆白馬市市議員競選人之一，做起厨艺赛的评委来也是尽心尽力。另外四位评委分别是LandMark投資公司董事Cindy Meng，清心居茶莊董事長Candy Chang，安琪洛醫美會所董事長Bonnie 徐，和廣東總商會監事長、春藝國際有限公司董事長、陽光合唱團副團長、髪之魂養髮堂執行董事唐晓春。