Sous chef at Sundial’s Woodside Conference Centre in Kenilworth, Mary Palecek, has been announced a winner of the Junior Category of the Global Copper Skillet awards.
Six chefs from IACC (International Association of Conference Centres) Americas, Australia-Asia-Pacific and European member venues competed for the association’s Global Copper Skillet at UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center, 4 April – the final stage in a three-part competition.
Palecek’s winning dish was sautéed courgette and aubergine, poached bass, pan fried sirloin, red pepper, tomato and coriander salsa, heritage carrots and caramelised shallots.
Kent Phillips, executive chef at Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre, London, Ontario, Canada took the Senior Category Copper Skillet.
In the competition, the chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a “mystery basket” of proteins. They were given 30 minutes to prepare, create, and present their creations to local area judges.
“This year, the competition shows first-hand how important it is to our members to demonstrate their culinary expertise,” said Mark Cooper, IACC CEO. “Aside from the passion that could clearly be seen on the finalist chefs’ faces during this great global final, throughout the country competitions this year we saw a greater number of our members participating in the cook-off’s and we also saw a new Benelux competition added to our line up”.
The Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference venues around the world and to highlight their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference venue experience.