Azafran’s Guest Chef in WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017!

With great joy we share all foodies attending the 23rd Edition of the International Gourmet Festival of Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit & Tepic, that Chef Johannes Messner from Azafran Restaurant will represent Germany in one of the most talented gatherings worldwide: WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

Abu Dhabi, the fantastic capital city of the United Arab Emirates will host this year’s edition of WorldSkills 2017, a global competition showcasing the value of skills and raising the recognition of skilled professionals around the world.

A professional chef like young Johannes who’s 22, can work in a wide range of establishments, and the range of skills and customer expectations will vary according to the workplace. This time, he will compete against 42 international chefs.

According to WorldSkills, as well as the skill of cooking, the role of a chef demands further skills that relate to menu compilation and costing, working to a budget or profit margin, control and storage of stock, and managing the pace and workflow of a kitchen brigade. In some settings, the kitchen team needs to work effectively with other departments both in the front and back of house to ensure a positive overall experience for diners.

Chef Johannes Messner, will need to demonstrate outstanding skills in food preparation and presentation. He will be expected to create and adapt dishes that meet the expectations of demanding customers (and critics!). It is important that Chef Messner keeps abreast of the trends and aware of his competition in the foodie marketplace.

Commercial kitchens are equipped with complex specialist equipment that must be used carefully to avoid accident and injury. Strict maintenance of equipment as well as personal and food hygiene and safety standards are paramount considerations and often subject to strict regulation.

Important elements of the challenge include:

  • Competitors will prepare a range of cold and hot appetizers
  • Under timed conditions, each competitor will show they can work with a variety of produce.
  • The ability to design and bake desserts are also needed in this skill.
  • Extra marks are awarded for immaculate and stylish presentation of dishes.

We wish the best to Chef Johannes Messner during this tough competition and we invite you all to try out his amazing talent during his participation as Guest Chef at Azafran Restaurant within the International Gourmet Festival of Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Nayarit & Tepic from November 10th – 19th, 2017.

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Bon appétit!


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