The UOG Endowment Foundation and the Micronesian Chefs Association unveiled “From Russia with Love” as the exciting theme for this year’s annual Celebrity Chef’s Cup at a press conference at Outrigger Guam Resort today. The 10th Annual Celebrity Chef’s Cup is scheduled to take place on May 30, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Guam. Guests will feast on a delicious five-course dinner inspired by the art, people, grandeur and culture of Russia.
The five competing chefs were in attendance, and they each drew a piece of paper out of the Chef’s Cup trophy, which designates which course they will prepare for the Chef’s Cup event. The dinner competition will proceed in the following order:
- Cold Appetizer – Geoffrey Perez, Proa
- Soup – David Jones, Outrigger Guam Resort
- Hot Appetizer – Chris Aguon, Table 35
- Entrée – Eddie Chien, Delmonico
- Dessert – Daniel Lenherr, Westin Resort Guam
“Ingredients that will be used in the preparation of the different courses will include locally grown fruits and vegetables obtained through the Farmer’s Co-Op,” said Gordon T. Mizusawa, Board Secretary for the Micronesian Chefs’ Association.
Guam Visitors Bureau has signed on to be one of the major sponsors of the event, and GVB representatives in attendance today were Pilar Laguana, Tony Muna, Josie Moyer, and Gina Kono. In 2011, the United States announced the Visit Visa waiver for Russian nationals visiting Guam, thereby opening Guam’s tourism industry to Russian visitors on a wide scale for the first time.
“As tourism professionals visit Russia and tell the Russian people about Guam, we want to help share the Russian culture with our local community and prepare them for the expansion of the Russian tourism market on our island,” said Mark Mendiola, Executive Director for the UOG Endowment Foundation.
Members of the business community are selected to participate as Celebrity Team Members for each competing chef’s team, and the Celebrity Team Members who were able to attend today’s press conference include the following:
- Michael Camacho, Personal Finance Center
- Duane George, Pacific Daily News
- Quentin Koch, United Airlines
- Krystal Paco, KUAM
- Clynt Ridgell, Pacific News Center
- Tom Roberto, Island Tinting
- Gary Sung, Ideal Advertising
- Frank Whitman, Guam Business Magazine
The Celebrity Team Members represent a cross-section of locally-owned businesses, off-island businesses and local media. They will entertain the audience during the Chef’s Cup event with video skits that have been produced in advance and encourage the audience to vote for their team.
The year 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Guam’s most eagerly anticipated food event.