Dragan's perfect pastry praised in Caterer Awards
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr executive pastry chef Rucnov took home top title
Fairmont Bab Al Bahr’s chef Dragan Rucnov took home the Pastry Chef of the Year, sponsored by Polo Point, title at the 2012 Caterer Middle East Awards.
Nominations for this category were stronger then ever and judges struggled to pick a winner. However, Dragan Rucnov stood out for his fearless experimenting with new flavour combinations.
“This alone has seen sales soar over the last year,” said judges.
“His conscientious cost-saving approach has seen him heavily research into pastry suppliers and as a result the venue has achieved phenomenal savings. Respected in the industry and invited to key supplier conferences and workshops, he is renowned for delivering on time, every time, regardless of any obstacle,” the judges added.
Aaron Maree was highly commended by the judges, who said Maree had played an exceptional role in directing the growth of Blossom Sweets.
“He has asserted responsibility and accountability over the outlet’s performance almost as if it were his own,” they said of Maree.
Also in the finals were Dubai World Trade Centre executive pastry chef Gilles Favre’ The Address Dubai Marina pastry chef Arief Mochammad and Atlantis The Palm Dubai pastry chef Achala Weerasinghe.
Commenting on his award, chef Dragan said:"This is great – It was a bit unexpected because I’ve only been in the region for a year and nine months. It’s so important that pastry chefs can exercise creativity. Trends are changing rapidly each day especially in pastry - it’s very important to be on top of the food scene at all times."
The fourth Caterer Middle East Awards 2012 were held on September 26 in a glamorous ceremony at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Dubai.