Who is the best young chef in Thailand?
Twenty four students took part in the Young
Chef competition with Jhinipha Pick taking the winning trophy.
Jhinipha Pick from Regina Coeli College in Chiang Mai proved her
worth by winning the Young Chefs Thailand Competition 2014 title at the
Prem Tinsulanonda International School in September.
The inaugural Young Chefs Thailand Competition was the brainchild of
David Buck, Head of Boys’ Boarding at Prem school. David is a gourmet
chef himself, and for three years has been leading Young Chefs from Prem
through the intricacies of international cooking. The competition
offered young people all over Thailand an opportunity to demonstrate
their skills – and their nerves – by presenting three dishes prepared
under competition conditions to a discerning judging panel.
Judges for this year’s competition were Filippo Morelli (Executive Chef
at Le Meridien Hotel Chiang Mai), Pim Kemasingki (CityLife and Spoon and
Fork magazines Director and Managing Editor), Noppaklao Kengkoompol
(award-winning Executive Chef of Rimping Supermarket Chiang Mai) and
Vinder Balbir (Restaurateur, Cooking School owner and star of the
National TV cooking show Bangkok Spice).
Chef Filippo from Le Meridien Chiang Mai
reacts with amazement at the dish he is served.
Jhinipha impressed the judging panel with her menu – a starter of
grilled pork with herb and pomelo salad, a main course featuring grilled
fish in a peanut butter curry sauce, and a dessert of a Black Forest
crepe. Advancing through the various stages of the competition required
a well-planned menu – and competitors had to pay particular attention to
presentation and innovation when creating a menu that offers maximum
flavour, texture, balance and style.
In second place was Josephine Minoch, also of Regina Coeli College in
Chiang Mai, and in third place was Chanpichai Wangchayangkoon from
Chiang Mai Vocational College.
All twenty-four competitors - boys and girls aged from 12 – 18 and
including a four-chef team who flew in from the Philippines for the
event - delighted the audience and judges with their remarkably
professional, tantalising and creative dishes. The students – some of
whom are boarders at Prem - came from Bhutan, Canada, Chiang Rai,
Rayong, Bangkok, Lampang, Chiang Mai and The Philippines. Each chef was
allowed a maximum budget of THB 1,000 to create three dishes (appetiser,
main and dessert) and one hour to create each dish.
After three courses and seventy-two exotic and tasty dishes, the
top-scoring three chefs then faced a “cook-off” using their selections
from an identical assortment of meat and vegetables – all supplied by
Rimping Supermarket Chiang Mai. They were allowed thirty minutes to
create a new main course … and the winner was a unanimous choice:
Jhinipha Pick, who was presented with a perpetual trophy (hers to hold
for one year), an individual trophy, a weekend for her family at Le
Meridien Chiang Mai, internships with the Executive Chefs at Le Meridien
and the Four Seasons Hotel Chiang Mai and a 50% educational scholarship
to the Prem Tinsulanonda International School.
A weary competition director David Buck said at the end of the long
day’s cooking competition, “Although it has been a lot of hard work, the
community involvement with scores of volunteers toiling backstage, the
feeling of excitement on the day and the sense of great achievement of
all competitors – not just the top three – made it all worthwhile. We
look forward to seeing some of these Young Chefs in the future as more
and more children discover the joys of being creative in the kitchens of
As aprons were folded, favourite sharp kitchen knives returned to their
wrappers, and chef’s hats rolled and popped into pockets, the young
chefs and their parents and supporters turned their backs on the gas
burners and the scorched saucepans and headed home – ready to try out
new recipes, new ideas, new combinations of taste and texture – and to
return next year to challenge once again for the title and honour of
being Young Chef Thailand 2015.
CMU students learn about life as a diplomat
U.S. Consul General Michael Heath met with
Chiang Mai University students at the Faculty of Political Science on
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 to give a talk on “Life as a U.S.
Diplomat.” The program was co-hosted by American Corner, Chiang Mai
University. The event saw a large turnout with many students interested
in hearing Mr. Heath’s experiences abroad.
(Photo courtesy of US Consulate General Chiang Mai)
Payap University hosts student blood drive
Students from Payap University were joined by
students from Maejo University, Chiangmai Rajabhat University and North -
Chiang Mai University as well as the Student Loan Fund to join the Chiang
Mai Red cross and Regional Blood Center in a blood drive that was held at
Payap University on September 15 and 16, 2014. Phuangchompu Panyo, Director
of the Office of Scholarships and Alumni Relations, Payap University said
that more than 500 people from the Attorney General Office of Chiang Mai,
and various universities donated up to 190,000 cc of blood.
National Youth Day celebrated at Three Kings Monument
Deputy Mayor Sunthorn Yamsiri is joined by
award winning youth for National Youth Day.
Chiang Mai Mail reporters
Fifty-six Chiang Mai students received awards for outstanding
behavior at a ceremony held at Three Kings Monument on September 21,
2014. Deputy Mayor Sunthorn Yamsiri handed out the certificates at a
ceremony attended by students and officials from schools around the
The Deputy Mayor noted that the government had designated September 20
as National Youth Day so the Municipality held the awards ceremony to
support the activities of Thai youth so that they can develop their
potential. He said that the youth are the hope and major force for the
future of the nation and that I was important to encourage them.
National Youth Day is held so that society understands the importance of
children and youth and to recognize those youth who have made important
A music contest titled Chiang Mai Love Music Challenge was held at
Chiang Mai Municipal Stadium as part of the National Youth Week 2014
along with other activities.