Singapore chef wins 2nd place in global sushi challenge

Singapore chef wins 2nd place in global sushi challenge
Mr Terje E. Martinussen (L), Managing Director of the Norwegian Seafood Council, presenting Chef Damien Tan King Meng (R) with the second place prize.
PHOTO: Global Sushi Challenge

SINGAPORE - Local sushi chef Damien Tan King Meng has emerged second at the inaugural Global Sushi Challenge 2015 (GSC), held in Tokyo on Nov 25, 2015.

Japanese chef Jun Jibiki took first place, while third place went to chef Takatoshi Toshi of the US. Chef Tan's win makes him the only non-Japanese chef to stand in the top rankings.

Organised by the Norwegian Seafood Council (NSC) and the World Sushi Skills Institute of Japan (WSSI), the GSC saw 14 chefs representing countries across Asia, Europe, and North America judged on their knowledge, skills, and hygiene practices in classical and creative sushi making.


Chef Damien Tan King Meng's original creative sushi. Photo: Global Sushi Challenge

Mr Jon Erik Steenslid, NSC's Regional Director for South East Asia, described Chef Tan's win as an achievement that does Singapore proud.

With 13 years of experience, Chef Tan of Hide Yamamoto restaurant at Marina Bay Sands described the competition as "an incredible journey" and the highlight of his career.

"This is the only the beginning and I will keep on improving," he said.

andrewg@sph.com.sg

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