Rappongi Restaurant hosted the fourth consecutive International Culinary Evening on 1st December, which this year was entitled “A healthy food for a wealthy mood”. More than 300 students had the opportunity to taste the tempting suggestions presented by 11 teams.
The culinary fiesta gathered nearly 60 students – chefs from the Bulgarian and English language training programmes. At the beginning of the “delicious” evening the captains of the teams presented the traditional dishes from their national cuisine, which were selected for the competition.
Tavche-gravche (a dish, prepared with baked beans), saffron rice, cabbils, hummus, gobi manchurian, tortilla, vareniki (dumplings)with sour cherries, dzadziki (cacık) , Rhodopean patatnik (traditional Bulgarian potato-based dish, characteristic of the Rhodope Mountains) and hare hunter style were just a few of the intriguing proposals of the teams from Cyprus, Germany, Ukraine, Jordan, Afghanistan, Iran and the two Bulgarian teams “Cherry” and “Soup-A-star”.
Besides the students who demonstrated their culinary skills, the organizers managed to involve the whole audience in a variety of games with special prizes. Tasting food and beverages with folded eyes, pealing eggs with two left hands, culinary quiz and games boosted the mood of the participants and brought terrific prizes and enthralling positive emotions to them.
As a compliment from the management of MU-Varna, the team of the student canteen “Quantum Satis” had prepared for all guests traditional Bulgarian dishes, which really fascinated the foreign students.
The jury, including Chef Emil Vidov from Rappongi Restaurant, Chef Vladimir Stamov from By the Sea Restaurant and Chef Philip Spasov from Bistro Europe, evaluated the dishes according to a special assessment system, and after a consultation they ranked the participants from the teams of India, Iran and Spain in the first three places. The winners received brunch and dinner vouchers at Bistro Europe, By the Sea and Rappongi Restaurants. The organizers of the event at MU-Varna decided to award a special prize to the Macedonian team. All participants received traditional Bulgarian guveche (a small clay pot) as well as many other gifts.