The voting has now closed for the Myanmore Dining and Nightlife awards 2018. All the nominations have been place and the votes are being counted. A shortlist is being prepared and the Myanmore panel of expert independent judges are reviewing the nominations, visiting venues and scoring the 11 awards.

Of the exciting individual award categories, the most coveted, and highly anticipated prize is undoubtedly chef of the year. This year the nominations are of an incredibly high calibre—which is a great indication of how the quality of food offerings in Myanmar is really growing from strength to strength, but this does make judging especially difficult.

The award for chef of the year isn’t just about cooking amazing food though, there is a lot more to this prestigious award.

Last year’s winner of chef of the year Roshan Fernando.

Last year’s winner was Roshan Fernando of the Sule Shangri-La Hotel, and despite being a world-class chef, he beat the competition into first place for his extraordinary accomplishments outside of the kitchen.

Chef Roshan was a driving force and major influencer in promoting Myanmar cuisine to a global audience. His vision and spirit in training and supporting a team of young Myanmar chefs led to unprecedented gold-medal success at the 2016 Culinary Olympics held in Germany.

Chef Olivier E Soe Thet who presented Roshan with his award at the ceremony last year congratulated him on the award:

“He has trained many Myanmar chefs in the Middle East who have all now returned to Myanmar and are part of the backbone of the hospitality industry here. He also inspires and motivates young Myanmar chefs in Yangon to become better skilled and gain independence for a better life. He is a great culinary expert of modern, classical and traditional cuisines from around the world and he is helping Myanmar cuisine earn a place on the global culinary map.”

The awards ceremony will be held on February 3 at the Melia Hotel in Yangon. Buy your tickets in January and get a $50 discount on each. Visit myanmoretickets.com.

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