It will be another first for Malaysia this April when it hosts the inaugural international culinary championship known as WorldChef Battlefield – Battle of the Masters (WCB 2019). The culinary championship is the first of its kind not just in Malaysia but the whole of Asia and will take place from April 4 to 7.
Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Muhammad Bakhiar Wan Chik, at the recent official launch said, “The love of good food is a trait shared by all Malaysians, and as a well-known food paradise in the continent of Asia, Malaysia is well-positioned to host WCB 2019.”
The event will be chaired by professional chef and Masterchef Malaysia judge Chef Zubir Zain, while the judging panel will be headed by Otto Weibel from Switzerland, who is accredited by the World Association of Chefs Societies. Other members of the jury comprise industry professionals from Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia.
“This championship brings a new perspective to the Masterchef culinary reality TV show which relies on amateur chefs as participants and Iron Chef where experienced guest chefs challenge the show’s resident ‘iron chef’ in a timed cooking battle built around a specific themed ingredient,” Zubir said.
“In WCB 2019, which is jointly organised by DRS Proevent and CZ Restaurant Group, culinary competitions are taken into an arena that reflects real life situations through a series of culinary battles among professional chefs from around the world,” he added.
Professional chefs from Asia as well as the African nation of Mauritius will compete for the title “Champion of the Masters” in culinary challenges throughout the event.
WCB 2019 is supported by the Professional Culinaire Association and endorsed by the World Association of Chefs Societies.
The culinary championship will be recorded live and broadcast throughout Asia. There will be 16 teams of four chefs each, preparing culinary dishes to be judged by nine jury members. Another 10 judges will assess the chefs’ skills in the kitchen, and only the best four teams will compete in the final stage.
The champion team stands to win a cash prize of US$12,000 (RM49,570).
For more information, visit worldchefbattlefield.com.