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2007. 05. MasterChef Press Release


Flamboyant celebrity chef Nancy Lam is to judge Westminster City Council's prestigious Chinese Masterchef competition.

Now in its fourth year, the competition is hosted by the Council's Food Team to showcase Westminster - home of Chinatown - as the number one destination for oriental food in the UK.

Entrants are judged on their skill, creativity, originality and standards of food hygiene.

The competition will take place at the Westminster Kingsway Catering College on May 22 and is open to all chefs and restaurants in Westminster.

Councillor Audrey Lewis, cabinet member for community protection which includes the Food Team, said: "Chinese Masterchef is an extremely popular event that attracts top class chefs who are all keen to show off their culinary skills.

"It recognises the immensely important contribution that Chinese cuisine makes to Westminster while encouraging good food hygiene skills in the kitchen.

"It's also a great day for all the family and a chance to see some excellent Chinese food as well."

The winner will be awarded £1,000, two free flights to the Far East, one tonne of rice, one crate of Tiger Beer and will be crowned Westminster's Chinese Masterchef 2007.

There are also runners up prizes of £500 for second place and £250 for third.

This year there are also two new competitions to find the best noodle and dim sums chefs in Westminster. A competition to find the best student masterchef to help educate a future generation of chefs will also take place.

Helping Nancy Lam scrutinise the entries will be Michelin star chef Paul Merrett and a leading chef from the Chinese Embassy.

During the event, the audience will have the opportunity to see the chefs cooking in the competition and culinary demonstrations. A free lunch time buffet is also provided.

Two hundred and fifty spectators attended last year's competition in which Tuan Bau Truong from the Royal China Club in Baker Street scooped first prize.

The event is sponsored by Lee Kum Kee Sauces, Phoenix Rice, Winner Foods and Oasis Hong Kong Airlines, in partnership with the London Chinatown Chinese Association and Westminster Kingsway College.

The deadline for entries is May 4th.

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Notes for editors

Media needing more information should contact Oliver Finegold at Westminster City Council's press office on 0207 641 2259.

- The Council also gives Chinese restaurant staff hygiene lessons in Cantonese and Mandarin to help them understand food regulations.

- Packs have been distributed in the languages explaining UK hygiene laws and what needs to be done to make sure they are not breached.

- There are more than 5,400 restaurants in Westminster, of which about 125 are Chinese.



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