‘A Net of Gold Fish’ Won the Champion Title for Ingenuity

04 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!

 

太平洋抽油煙機杯”

第三季鼎食厨艺大赛圓滿落幕

“一網金魚”奇思妙想奪魁

【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。

本次厨艺大赛参赛选手五名,指定食材是豆腐和鱼肉,一荤一素。在规定时间内,五名来自不同国家和地区的民间厨艺高手均完美的交出了自己的理想作品。热情捧场的观众们不仅品尝到了选手们烹制的可口佳肴,更通过参与抢答和抽奖的方式,收获了来自赞助商的高档红酒、精美厨具等数十份价值不菲的礼品,最后人人都是满载而归。

本次厨艺赛选手们的年龄普遍比较年轻,其中四人是祖籍海外的华人——香港、台湾、马来西亚。1号选手许润恒来自香港,他小時候一直看奶奶做菜,逐渐養成了喜歡做菜的愛好,剛來到澳洲时曾經做过自营送餐服务,得到了不錯的好評。2號選手紀偉明是一名来自马来西亚的厨师,多年来深谙这一行业的苦辣酸甜,但仍深爱着做菜。3号选手方耘祖籍浙江,可拿手菜却是川菜,原因是他喜欢吃辣。5號選手李信緯说,能够参加厨艺比赛是他夢寐以求的心願,希望能把自己平日在餐馆工作中所學到的运用到實際中去。

比赛经过两轮选拔,冠军最终花落祖籍马来西亚的年轻爸爸——4号选手陈恩霖。这位从事餐饮业17年的小伙子一个星期在家做菜四天,不仅上班做菜,下班也做菜,老婆很喜欢他的手艺。在聊到自己的厨艺时,陈恩霖显得很谦虚,似乎并没有太多可说的,但他做的菜味道好吃却是实实在在的。本次他凭借两道名为“拌皮蛋豆腐”和“一网金鱼”的菜肴一举夺魁。拌皮蛋豆腐是家常菜,可要做的好吃实属不易,陈恩霖在这道菜中添加了肉松、蚝油和老抽,为其增添了一丝不同的味道。第二道菜“一网金鱼”不仅名字特别,从外观上看更是惟妙惟肖:用米粉制作的淡黄色“鱼网”包裹着一群金黄色的炸“金鱼”,味道是淡淡的甜,还有一股奶香味。陈恩霖说,他为了做成这个造型在厨房里研究了差不多一个礼拜,一开始总是失败,因为鱼片没炸好汁水就会流满整个盘子,破坏整体美感。他在厨艺赛现场比赛过程中还失败过一次,好在最后成功了。

本着繁荣社区、弘扬中华传统美食文化的宗旨,鼎食厨艺大赛自创办以来便得到了墨尔本本地社区和商家们的大力支持。在选手们忙于烹饪菜肴的比赛过程中,大赛冠名商太平洋厨艺馆的资深业务经理Sam现场解答了太平洋抽油烟机的性能优势;金牌赞助商牛头牌厨具的“牛叔叔”也牛刀小试秀起了手艺,用气炸锅炸出香喷喷的排骨分给观众品尝。博士山购物中心商场中有众多人群驻足观赛,场面人气十分旺盛。谢尔(Heidi Scher)女士在比赛期间也送上了她对本季鼎食厨艺赛的祝福:“博士山购物中心跟华人社区一直有着比较深厚的关系,我们对能够为鼎食厨艺大赛提供举办场地感到非常荣幸。”

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。

鼎食厨艺赛举办到第三季,已经积累了一些忠实的粉丝。吴女士已是连续第三次现场观赛了,次次都有奖品拿,感到非常开心。两位特別嘉宾——第二季冠军穆朝和第一季参赛选手杨成伟,也受邀前来贡献感言。年轻的23岁小伙子穆朝说,看到台上的选手们就想起了他几个月前比赛时的紧张心情。通过参加鼎食厨艺赛他认识了很多朋友,也学到了很多东西,以厨艺会友,不亦乐乎。祖籍贵州的杨成伟先生觉得鼎食厨艺赛办的挺有意义的,因为很多国内的大老板、总经理在移民澳洲后都摇身一变成了园丁、厨子,回归到了人的本性上来。如果比赛规则允许,他还希望能够再次参赛。

午后1点半左右,本季鼎食厨艺赛圆满落下了帷幕。优胜奖冠军得主的获得的奖品包括:价值$1000的太平洋抽油烟机易拆洗一台、价值$369的牛头牌高级不锈钢炊具四件套、价值$288的Arbor超大菜板一块,以及御享燕极净免泡燕窝礼盒和清新居茶庄提供的大礼包。其余四名获得优秀奖的选手也收获了牛头牌高级不锈钢炊具、Arbor菜板和清新居礼包。最后本次厨艺赛的所有选手手捧奖品,与评委和主要赞助商们进行了喜庆的大合影。

陈恩霖作为冠军获得了进入2016鼎食厨艺大赛年度总决赛的资格,他将在今年晚些时候,和来自悉尼、墨尔本两地的各季冠军共同角逐2016“鼎食厨师”称号。请拭目以待!