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Superyacht Chefs’ Competition: Winners Announced | MYBA Show 2024

MYBA chefs competition 2024
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Celebrating Culinary Excellence: Recap of the 2024 Superyacht Chefs’ Competition

The anticipation was high at this year’s MYBA Charter Show as superyacht chefs from around the world gathered to showcase their culinary prowess in the Italian Fusion Dinner Party challenge. Tasked with fusing Italian cuisine with flavors from another country of their choice, these talented chefs delivered an evening of extraordinary dishes that impressed both judges and guests alike.

The Theme and Inspiration

In honor of the MYBA Charter Show’s return to Italy, chefs were challenged to create an Italian fusion dinner party for six guests. Drawing inspiration from Nikkei cuisine, which blends Peruvian and Japanese flavors, chefs incorporated elements from a second country into each course, adding a unique twist to traditional Italian dishes.

Competition Basics and Logistics

Chefs had to prepare three courses—starter, main, and dessert—within a tight timeframe of 35 minutes. All cooking and preparation were to be done onboard, with assistance limited to plating. Each course was presented on six plates for the judges and one for photography, accompanied by menus that kept the fusion countries a mystery.

Judging Criteria

The dishes were evaluated based on originality, taste, presentation, execution, and overall impression. The judges had the challenging task of identifying the fusion elements in each dish while appreciating the creativity and skill of the chefs.

MYBA chefs competition 2024 winners
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Announcing the Winners

In the 56 meters and above category, Andrew Durham from M/Y “Naia” claimed the top spot, followed by Lee Easdon from M/Y “Lioness V” and Michael Mathieson from M/Y “Aquila.” Special mention went to Neil Walker from M/Y “Jaguar” for his innovative first-course bento box.

In the 36 to 55 meters category, Mykhailo Chekan of M/Y “Nuri” secured first place, with Tom Van Zeller from M/Y “C” and Beth Howard from M/Y “Anya” taking second and third place, respectively. Mario Ventura of S/Y “Jasali II” received special recognition for the best fish dish.

For yachts under 35 meters, Nicolo d’Urso of M/Y “South” claimed first place, followed by Marisol Alvarez Guzman from M/Y “EM3” and Candice Potgieter from M/Y “Heavenly Daze.” Giuseppina Ramunno of M/Y “Montenapo” received a special mention for her outstanding dessert.

Tablescaping Competition

In addition to the culinary delights, the Tablescaping Competition showcased exquisite creativity in yacht decor. Congratulations to Marine Beaucamps (M/Y “Lioness V”), Gillian Liszyk (M/Y “C”), and Iryna Shmatko (M/Y “Tonic Blue”) for their exceptional tablescaping skills across different yacht size categories.

The 2024 Superyacht Chefs’ Competition was a testament to the talent and innovation within the luxury yachting industry. We extend our congratulations to all the winners and participants for making this event a resounding success, and we look forward to more culinary adventures at future MYBA Charter Shows.

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