The Okura Prestige Bangkok Announces 2018 Cooking Competition for Thai Culinary Students

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Back by popular demand, The Okura Prestige Bangkok is pleased to announce its 2nd cooking competition with an educational trip to Hotel Okura Amsterdam up for grabs. The first cooking competition was organized last year in the celebration of hotel’s 5th Anniversary and proved to be a huge success.

Once again, this year The Okura Prestige Bangkok invites students studying in the hospitality, kitchen and tourism industries to take part in the 2nd cooking competition by sending in their application, accompanied by a short cooking video, to the organizing committee. Applicants must be Thai nationals aged 18 – 25 years old. Only 5 qualified applicants will be selected for training with Master Chef Shigeru Hagiwara at Yamazato restaurant. At the end of the training course, applicants will prepare signature dishes for an invited committee and distinguished guests at the Judges’ Panel Night, following which the chosen winner will receive a 9-day educational trip to Hotel Okura Amsterdam. The prize includes round trip air tickets to Amsterdam, 8 nights’ accommodation at Hotel Okura Amsterdam, a luncheon and dinner at Michelin Starred restaurants Yamazato and Ciel Bleu, a day trip in Amsterdam, plus visa arrangements, travel insurance, pocket money and a training course with two-star Michelin Chef Onno Kokmeijer. Chef Onno has been awarded the title SVH Meesterchef (master chef) by the Dutch hospitality organisation Stichting Vakbekwaamheid Horeca. SVH strives to retain and expand professional knowledge in the hospitality industry and awards ‘master’ titles in five categories including chef, host and sommelier. The SVH ‘master’ title is the highest honour awarded by the Dutch hospitality industry. The educational trip is valued at more than Baht 100,000.

“Our first cooking completion went very well and it offered a great opportunity for students studying in the hospitality, kitchen and tourism industries. We actually found many talented applicants and I was very impressed with their passion for the culinary arts. This initiative is not just a competition to win an oversea educational trip, it is also an opportunity for The Okura Prestige Bangkok to share our knowledge with students who want to become part of the hotel and food and beverage industry. I can’t wait to welcome applicants to The Okura Prestige’s cooking competition this year,” said Mr. Edward E Snoeks, General Manager of The Okura Prestige Bangkok.

Interested applicants should submit their application with relevant documents to the Human Resources Department at The Okura Prestige Bangkok before 30 March 2018 and post their cooking video by 6 April 2018. Full details of the criteria for candidates and a scheduled timeline of the cooking competition can be found below.

Criteria for candidates

  1. Male or female, Thai nationality, aged between 18-25 years old
  2. 3rd or 4th year student of the faculty of tourism, hospitality, cooking school at an accredited university, or 2nd year student of a higher vocational cooking school
  3. Minimum GPA 2.75
  4. Good command of English
  5. Able to travel abroad with written permission from a parent or a letter from his/her educational institution
  6. Able to supply all relevant documentation for travel visa application
  7. Holds a Thai passport with at least 2 years of validity remaining
  8. No contagious or other diseases. Medical certificate required
  9. No criminal record
  10. Confident with the character to live alone while abroad 

Programme/schedule

19 February – 30 March 2018           All candidates are requested to submit their application with supporting document at the HR office (Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)

Supporting documents required;

  1. Copy of ID card and house registration
  2. Copy of certificate of personal name change (if any)
  3. Transcript
  4. 1 – 2 inch picture (picture taken within last 6 months)
  5. Copy of Passport
  6. Medical certificate
  7. Certificate/statement from the Royal Thai Police Bureau demonstrating no criminal record.

6 April 2018  All applicants are requested to produce a 3-5 mins cooking video. It is a mandatory for all application to say the following sentence at the beginning of the video.

“My name is……………..I’m a year ….student at the faculty of  ……………at …………University. I wish to apply to be a candidate to win an educational trip to Hotel Okura Amsterdam, which is organized by The Okura Prestige Bangkok 2018.”

Candidates are requested to Post their video on their facebook page, set as public and #TheOkuraPrestigeBangkok #scholarship #HotelOkuraAmsterdam with a Tag @TheOkuraPrestigeBangkok @HotelOkuraAmsterdam. Candidates are also requested to notify us by email (hr@okurabangkok.com) after posting their video.

9 April 2018                                        Announcement of those passing the first round of selection and proceeding to an English interview with Chef Antony. This will include 10 – 20 persons 

18 – 25 April 2018                              Window for making appointments for interview with Chef Antony 

30 April 2018                                      Announcement of the 5 candidates who will pass on to the final round, which will encompass training in Yamazato’s kitchen for 3 weeks.

4 June 2018                                        Orientation with HR Department from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

4 – 22 June 2018                                Intensive culinary training programme in Yamazato’s kitchen for 3 weeks.

22 June 2018                                      Judges’ Panel Night – Each candidate will serve their dishes to the judges. Judges announce the lucky winner.

The winner will need to prepare documents for visa application within the timeline. If not, he/she will be considered disqualified.

Date to be confirmed between

July – August 2017                           The lucky winner will spend 9 days on an educational trip at Hotel Okura Amsterdam.