InterContinental Malta chefs win top awards

InterContinental Malta’s chefs led by executive head chef Paul Borg, won 15 prizes at the Malta Kulinarja 2013.

20 November 2013, 12:00am
From left back row: Steve Borg, Melchior Camilleri, Mark Xuereb; Second row: Joseph Caruana, Jonathan Gatt, Brady Dalli, Jonathan Brincat; Front row: Ryan Marmara', Ian Micallef and Paul Borg
From left back row: Steve Borg, Melchior Camilleri, Mark Xuereb; Second row: Joseph Caruana, Jonathan Gatt, Brady Dalli, Jonathan Brincat; Front row: Ryan Marmara', Ian Micallef and Paul Borg
The team won 15 prizes across the competition including a gold trophy and four best in class prizes. The prestigious award of Chef of the Year went to Ryan Marmarà as did the accolade for the Maltese Trophy. The Chef Grand Prix trophy went to Ian Micallef, Ryan Marmarà and Jonathan Brincat. 

"I feel proud to be part of this team and have always dreamt of achieving the title of Chef of the Year.  Winning the two most prominent awards is a highlight in my personal career. I was left speechless and cannot believe that I won them," said Ryan Marmarà.

InterContinental Malta's senior chef team was made up of Ryan Marmarà, Ian Micallef, Jonathan Brincat, Joseph Caruana, Jonathan Gatt and Mark Xuereb whilst Brady Dalli, Melchior Camilleri and Steve Borg formed the junior team.

The Malta Kulinarja, Cookery and Culinary Arts Championships, organised by the Malta Chefs Society, was held between 14 and 17 November 2013 at the Bay Arena in St. George's Bay.   This culinary arts competition of professionally produced food in specific categories is presented by trainees, kitchen artists and chefs from some of Malta's top restaurants and hotels. The evaluation process includes flavour, presentation, composition, technical skills and many other measurable benchmarks.

General manager, Giuseppe Vincelli, added, "Over the past year we have invested significantly in building a very talented kitchen brigade and together with their commitment, hard work and passion, they have continuously delivered unique guest experiences and in so doing, truly reflected InterContinental's brand promise."

InterContinental Malta's team results are as follows:-

Chef of the Year - Ryan Marmarà

Maltese Trophy - Ryan Marmarà 

Chef Grand Prix Team - Ian Micallef, Ryan Marmarà, Jonathan Brincat

Mystery Box Team - Jonathan Brincat, Ryan Marmarà (silver)

Vegetarian Mystery Box Team -Jonathan Brincat, Ryan Marmarà (bronze)

Senior Chef Practical Team - Joseph Caruana, Jonathan Gatt, Mark Xuereb (silver)

Pork Dish - Mark Xuereb (bronze)            

Fish Dish - Jonathan Gatt (silver)

Junior Chef of the Year - Brady Dalli (silver)

Junior Chef Practical Team - Melchior Camilleri, Brady Dalli, Steve Borg (silver) 

Maltese Gbejna/ Maltese Sausage Dish, Junior Chef - Brady Dalli (silver - Best in Class)

Pork Dish, Junior Chef - Melchior Camilleri (silver -Best in Class)

Pasta dish, Junior Chef - Melchior Camilleri (merit)

Fish dish, Junior Chef - Melchior Camilleri (bronze)  

Entrée, Junior Chef - Steve Borg (bronze)