Twenty-one chefs from Thailand who took part in the Australia Culinary Federation 2013 tournament in Perth, Australia, have managed to take home 11 gold medals.

Thailand Culinary Academy team manager, Chef Prachan Wong-Uthaipan (ประชัน วงศ์อุทัยพันธ์), who led the 21 professional and amateur chefs to compete in the cook-off, said the team entered a total of 17 categories including main dish, dessert, cake, and chocolate carving. Thailand also grabbed 9 silvers and 3 bronzes.

Chef Prachan stated that the competition was a major and prestigious event taken part by chefs from around the world. One big challenge to the Thai team was that the menus involved in the tournament were mainly European cuisine while the Thai team had to mix the Thai and Asian flavors into them. He said however that another major obstacle was insufficient funding despite the fact that the team had many sponsors.

He urged the government to pay more attention to activities like this one, giving opportunities for capable Thai chefs to shine in the international scenes.

He also quoted Chef Willment Leon, the founder of Thailand Culinary Academy, as saying that he wanted to create a new generation of Thai chefs who can gain place in the global level. He is confident that Thai chefs have great potentials and will be able to prosper when the ASEAN Community comes in 2015, adding what they need is greater support from the government.

-News from NNT