Monday, March 19, 2018

Chef Tan Chee Kit, Winner of Anchor Food Professionals Pastry Challenge2018

Woo hoo.... heartiest congratulations to Chef Tan Chee Kit (Grainloaf Bakery) who has been proclaimed the winner of Anchor Food Professionals Pastry and Culinary Challenge for Best Pastries - Bakery Channel thanks to his mind-blowing and creative pastry creations. The Challenge is a four-day competition starting from 13 until 16 March based on three categories namely Pastries, Cake and Culinary. Pastry and Culinary maestros have been invited to form the luminary panel of judges with Chef Jean Francois Arnaud MOF serving as the Head Judge in Pastry Category, along with Chef Nazeri Ismail and Chef Arthur Heng in this category. In the Culinary Category, Chef Gerhard Albrecht serves as the Head Judge, along with Chef Fami Taufeq and Chef Sabri Hassan.

Each day of the challenge will see different contestants from different industries competing in, Pastry (13 March for Bakery Channel), Cake (14 March for Bakery Channel and 15 March for Hotel Channel) and the newly added Culinary Category (16 March for Hotel Channel). In the Pastry Category, the contestants are required to create a simple croissant and a Danish, whereas under the Cake Category each contestant is required to create two types of cakes with Mango and Strawberry themes respectively.

Aged 35, Chef Tan Chee Kit, has worked in the baking industry for over 17 years. He is currently attached to Grain Loaf Bakery at Penang. According to him, the perfect croissant not only has the right texture and distinctive layers, it should have a subtle salty taste, good to be eaten alone or topped with jam or savoury fillings. Linda Tan, Director of Anchor Food Professionals shared that competitions like this are important for the industry as it provides a platform for the sharing of experience and knowledge, nurturing the potential of Malaysia's future culinary and pastry artisans whilst elevating the standards of the food & beverage industry.

Chef Tan impressed the judges with an assortment of sweet and savoury pastries created within 5 hours using Anchor's leading products in the dairy segment such as Anchor Cream Cheese, Anchor Butter Sheet, Anchor Butter, Anchor UHT Milk, Anchor Whipping Cream and Anchor Extra Yield Cooking Cream.
CK Signature Croissant 

Muffin Danish 

Molten Salted Egg

Southern Italy 

Joyful Caramel Nuts 

Creamy Fruit Basket 

Fish Scale Danish

One for the album! Photo opportunity with Head Judge, Chef Jean Francois Arnaud (French Master Pastry Chef). Recognised as one of the Best Pastry Chef in France for Pastry and Confectionery, Chef Jean has won many awards and accolades for his attribution to the industry, the most significant being Meilleur Ouvrier de France (M.O.F) 2000, which means the best craftsman of France, the most coveted title in France for pastry chefs.

There are 25 finalists competing in this Anchor Food Professionals Challenge in all three categories separately. The first prize for each category includes prizes worth RM5,000, a medal and certificate, second prize includes prizes worth RM3,000, a medal and certificate and last but not least, third place includes prizes worth RM2,000, a medal and certificate.

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