Mary Rose Perez, first commis. Mary Rose Perez, first commis.

Chefs at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre came out as winners at the Young Chefs Hotel Challenge which was held in Electrolux Headquarters, Pordenone, Italy earlier last week on March 21, 2018.

Junior sous chef Kamru Zzamon, first commis Mary Rose Perez and junior sous commis Chaminda Roshan came together from under different kitchens under the hotel’s 18 F&B outlets led by executive chef Ramon Salto Alvarez, and trained for several months for the challenge.

The trio appeared for the UAE shortlisting that was held at the International Chamber of Commerce Centre, Dubai. At the shortlisting, 20 hotels participated, with four entering round two which was later held at Dubai World Trade Centre.

At the Young Chefs Hotel Challenge, the three chefs were judged by a panel of acclaimed judges — Alessandro Breda Gellius, Mauro Lorenzon Oste de la Mascareta and Marco Colognese.

Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre executive chef Ramon Salto Alvarez said: "I am beyond thrilled to see my team bag the winning trophy. We have been through the drill umpteen numbers of times, often working long hours at mock tests after an even longer day. Along with their inherent talent, the three of them have put in a lot of hard work and they have done themselves and all of us so proud. A big celebration awaits them on their return to Dubai."

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