The 40th WorldSkills 2009 was hosted in Calgary, Canada from September 2-7, 2009
Home to Cowboys, oil refineries and Canada’s banking and industrial giants, Calgary was to many competitors, experts, visiting delegations and visitors the place to showcase and see firsthand the latest trends, techniques and competence what WorldSkills has to offer. From hairstyling to refrigeration, there was a variety of ways to get a better understanding of what skilled trades and technology careers have to offer; not only in our country, but all over the world.
WorldSkills competitors and experts were given the opportunity prior to the competition to tour through the beautiful Canadian Rocky Mountains at Banff National Park- a truly unforgettable experience to experience a warm welcome reception of live local music, and a gourmet BBQ meal at a nearby Ranch. WorldSkills Calgary 2009 Ltd. had organized a truly Western-Canadian spread of food, drinks, music and hospitality to follow this exciting expedition.
Over the 4 day competition, competitor from 34 nations had to compete in 7 Modules the following tasks:
· prepare, season and cook a variety of foods according to given instructions
· create and test new recipes as per Mystery Basket Module
· operate machinery associated with food preparation
· carve meats, determine portion sizes, arrange foods and add sauces, gravies and garnish to servings
· bake desserts and pastries
· prepare buffets such as platters and showpieces
· oversee menu planning, estimate food requirements and obtain the necessary food from storage or from suppliers to maintain an inventory of kitchen provisions
· prepare and follow budgets
· supervise kitchen staff
Throughout the competition, Chef Sing has performed the given task to his best ability. He has shown endurance and his competency status along European, Asian and Northern American competitors are in line with international standards. He has performed his assigned task with passion and has gained reputation by many experts for his adoptive mode in handling the competition in a fair and flexible way.
The 40th WorldSkills Competition is officially over. The medals, awards and certificates have all been distributed on stage to the hard working competitors of WorldSkills Calgary 2009.
Germany, Korea and UK have been awarded Gold medal, whereas Chinese Taipei have been awarded a Bronze medal. Unfortunately there were no Silver medal awards and 17 nations have been awarded a Medal of Excellence by performing above the 500 point marking system.
It is proudly to mention that Hong Kong, under the WorldSkills Category 34-Cooking has placed itself into the rank of 14 out of 34 nations.
The closing ceremony of the 40th WorldSkills Competition took place in the Corral at Stampede Park. All 45 skills announced their champions, followed by the Best of Nation, presented by the WorldSkills board of directors. At the end of the event, the WorldSkills flag was passed on from WorldSkills Calgary 2009 to the next competition host, WorldSkills London 2011.