Wednesday, March 05, 2008

City of Bohemian Crystal and Music

On a recent assignment to Prague, Czech Republic, representing the Singapore Chefs Association, I was lucky enough to be given an opportunity to meet the who’s who of the chefs profession in Continental Europe. I am not talking about the Michelin starred restaurant chefs who work in big fancy restaurants, but people who have made many sacrifices of the their private time and energy to proactively promote the chefs profession beyond their normal routines of work. For the less informed, in the world of the chef’s profession, there is supposedly at least one State government recognised chefs’ association or guild in every country all over the world. Each country is represented through their own chefs’ association in the mother of all chefs’ societies known globally as the World Association of Chefs’ Societies (WACS). Like the UN, WACS brings all the chefs around the world together in its activities and its representation is classified to different continents around the globe.
I was in Prague at the invitation of the current WACS Presidium with a fellow colleague as Team Singapore making our pitch for the Lion City’s bid to the running of the next presidium. One of the hardest thing things to adjust in business travel is jetlag where your body’s routine is upset by the different time zones. Still I would like to share everyone here pictures of the opening dinner prepared by the President of the Czech Republic’s Chef Association and his team of chefs for the 30+ of us in this conference representing more than 20 countries in Europe. Dinner was hosted at the Zlata Praha Restaurant, Hotel Intercontinental , Prague.

Here are some of the items on the Menu:

Insalata Caprese,Cesear Salad with Chicken,Cobb Salad with 1000 Island Dressing
Italian Seafood Salad with Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

Main Courses:

Roast Pork Loin with Thyme Gravy, Confit of Lamb Shanks, Pilaf Rice, Buttered Vegetables, Oven Baked Fillet of Salmon on Green Pea Mash, Roasted Potatoes

From the dessert table of assorted pastries:

Btw did I mentioned that dinner ended@ 6am SG time for me......Yawn!

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