Thomas A. Gugler. Thomas A. Gugler.

Saudi Arabia’s top hotel chefs are to go head-to-head in a new inaugural Inter-Hotel Culinary Competition – Mystery Box Challenge.

The event will take place during the 5th edition of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2017 in Jeddah on April 4-6.

It will use the ‘mystery box’ concept made famous by the Masterchef show, where each team will be provided with the same secret ingredients only revealed to them on the day. They will then be challenged to use those items to prepare the most interesting and delicious dish possible.

“This will be the first time we are doing a team challenge out of a mystery box with service involved,” said Worldchefs president Thomas A. Gugler. “This type of challenge explores the real calibre of the chef whilst allowing the audience to witness the hotel team’s passion, experience, interactivity and ability to work under pressure.”

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“The trade of a chef has become more attractive to Saudi Arabia’s younger population, due in part to cooking shows and TV broadcasting globally. With more recognition than ever, it is a very respected field. There are good opportunities for young chefs - if the basics are well trained - to become notable players in the global cooking scene. There is good talent in KSA, and I am happy for us to further advance and highlight cooking talent through competitions like this,” Gugler added.

The competition will get underway during the first day of The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2017.