Black Box Challenge
An international audience of 200 culinary professionals and gourmet connoisseurs gathered for the 10th Anniversary MLA Black Box Challenge held at the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa. Guests mingled and enjoyed canapÃ©s and cocktails in the gardens before moving into the Grand Ballroom for what was a colorfully decorated evening. Ten teams representing Baliâ€™s top hotels served their versions of what they found in their surprise box of goodies. They were given just 24 hours to create a four-course menu for 20 guests, each with the same secret ingredients, plus create a theme, table setting and dÃ©cor to reflect their hotel and cuisine. Stand-out applause goes to the Bulgari Hotelâ€™s executive chef Andrew Skinner and his culinary team, who scooped the Gold Medal; first runner up Four Seasons; and Second Runner Up and host venue Nikko Bali.
Guests of the evening included Jack Daniels, Margaret Hellback, Josie and Markus Krickelberg, Ray Clark, David Tan, Amalia Romero, Valerie Joho, Kiki and Monty Brown, Jeremy and Wanna Cooper, Frank Beck, Lyn Pietruzka, Troy Clarry, Michael Travers and Marc Dressler, Bill and Henny Busch, Australian Consul-General Bruce Cowled and Herman and Putri Fiegl.
The DiSh on Bali