Port Vila, Vanuatu, 24th September 2015
Chef Chris Bulememe attends Australia’s Fine Food Fair
In October 2014 Vanuatu launched the Young Chefs Club, and its Ambassador, local Chef Chris Bulememe, has been very busy fulling some interesting duties. He has organized the baking and distribution of muffins to the Port Vila Central Hospital’s children’s ward with other YCC chefs, he has been a Culinary Judge for the VIT Cookery students and more recently working with VIT Cookery students to provide delicious lunches at Nabanga Restaurant.
Chef Chris was invited to attend the Australian Fine Foods Fair alongside fellow Chefs Roslyn Tari, Alick Abel and Precilla Bakeo who competed in a pacific culinary competition. The opportunity to attend was too good to pass up, speaking of his experience, Chris said that having access to different kinds of food, seeing new techniques in cooking and trends in recipes was very interesting and exciting. “Attending the Fine Food Fair and the competition has encouraged me to try new creative ideas in my own cooking, hopefully my boss at Sunset Bungalows will be happy about that!” he said.
For the past 5 months Chris has lead a small team of Young Chefs Club members in mentoring and supporting the recent intake of VIT Cookery students. Every Wednesday for the past two semesters Chris has developed recipes alongside his own mentor, Chef David Holiday of Air Vanuatu Catering, and provided an excellent practical learning opportunity for the students cooking the public lunch at Nabanga Restaurant. With the support of the APTC Hospitality School and their students the team put together a lunch menu that is gorgeous, flavoursome and affordable. The partnership has been such a great success that Chef Chris and his small team will be back in the kitchen to prepare a gorgeous three course dinner menu on Wednesday nights from 7th October “We invite you to dinner, to support the students in their training who give up their time to do this because they want to succeed – we’d love to share with you some great food” said Chris.