The First SciChef Cooking Challenge brought to a successful close

May 19, 2015

The SciChef Cooking Challenge 2015 ended with its final on May 9 (Saturday). After a preliminary round that took place in January 2015, 12 teams of finalists spent 60 intense minutes to compete for championship. Good Hope School took home the first prize and the Most Innovative Award with their dish “Amazing Dessert from Seaweed,” while Holy Trinity College’s “Chicken Breast Salad” garnered second place and the Best Participating School Award. The YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College’s soufflé dish “Change of Protein Role” placed third.

The Challengers from junior secondary schools were judged based on four criteria: recipe execution, sensory attributes, accuracy of scientific content, and Innovativeness. The winning team from Good Hope School received prizes including a trophy and book coupons.

At the closing ceremony, HKSAR Secretary for Food and Health Dr. Ko Wing-man acknowledged the interlinked relationship between science and culinary art and shared his experience with molecular gastronomy. Dr. Ko also commended finalists for their efforts and thoughtful recipes that ranged from fruit juice caviar to traditional Chinese smiley balls. Apart from the cooking competition, the event featured a 3D latte art demonstration and workshop and a live molecular gastronomy demonstration. Both demonstrations showcased sensational culinary innovations that were made possible by incorporating scientific concepts into cooking.

The SciChef Cooking Challenge is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. It aims to foster food science, chemistry and nutrition knowledge to junior secondary school students, and arouse their interest towards science and healthy eating habits. It provides students with opportunities to have hands-on food experiments and analysis outside the classroom.

Miss Fiona So Hoi Lam and Miss Priscilla Yeung Wan Yan from Good Hope School receive the Championship

The team from Holy Trinity College receive the 1st runner-up

3D latte art and glow-in-the-dark sugar crystal ball demonstrations 

A challenger is working on her latte art