Local chefs competed in the LG cooking challenge. Local chefs competed in the LG cooking challenge.

Ten five-star chefs from across the UAE took part in a cookery competition organised by LG Electronics and the Emirates Culinary Guild (ECG).

The chefs, all members of the Emirates Culinary Guild, represented the Sheraton Deira Creek Hotel, Grosvenor House, Radisson SAS Hotel, Renaissance Hotel, Shangri-La Hotel, Millennium Airport Hotel, Novotel World Trade Centre Hotel, Al Murooj Rotana Hotel, Coral Deira Hotel and Jumeirah Emirates Tower Hotel.

The contestants were required to prepare dishes using only the LG SolarDOM Lightwave oven and ECG officials Uwe Micheel and Andreas Kurfurst, along with food author Rakesh PuEmirates ri and president of LG Electronics Gulf, H. S. Paik, evaluated the entries in terms of taste, effective SolarDom usage, presentation, hygiene, and preparation skills.

Grosvenor House chef Bharath Bhat, who works at the hotels Indego restaurant, was crowned champion, having prepared a dish of Tandoori Salmon and Butter Chicken, assisted by sous chef Asif Khan.

First and second runners-up were Chandana Kathriarachichi of the Renaissance Dubai and Diyan Manjula of the Radisson SAS Hotel.

It was a tough call to prepare the food in a Lightwave oven, but we found that it could be done without sacrificing the essential flavours, Bhat said.

It feels good to be voted as the best in the business since we were competing against some of our very talented friends and role models.

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