Hilton Australasia’s best and brightest have battled it out at the annual Hilton Australasia Food and Beverage (F&B) Masters in Brisbane.
Over three days, the showcase saw 30 of Hilton’s most outstanding talent descend on the Brisbane CBD hotel to compete in bar, barista and culinary disciplines.
Hailing from Australia, New Zealand and Fiji, the finalists delivered food and beverage masterpieces that were judged by a panel of experts from within Hilton and beyond, including Vittoria Coffee National Channel Manager, Mark Haj and Executive Chefs, David Vandenabeele, Sam Moore and Philip Nock.
The event was a great opportunity for contestants to challenge their creativity and learn from other professionals in the region.
The Bar Cup category put contestant’s knowledge to the test across practical and theoretical rounds, with a theory test and blind tasting.
Adelphi Grill Barman, Aaron Foo, took away the Bar Cup cementing the Parmelia Hilton Hotel’s reputation as a leader in fostering exceptional talent and service across the food and beverage industry.
Aaron’s signature cocktail was his Rolls Royce, an exotic combination of two key ingredients.
Thrilled to win, Aaron said: "The inspiration of my Rolls Royce cocktail is based on the world’s most expensive car hence the luxurious name. By experimenting and pairing the unique flavours of the black truffles and whisky, I created my own signature cocktail”.
From the Parmelia's sister hotel, Doubletree by Hilton Perth Northbridge, F & B attendant Paula Christianini represented the hotel at the Brisbane event as a finalist in the Barista Cup.
David Constantine, area general manager, Western Australia was full of praise.
“The Australasian F&B Masters puts a spotlight on the hard work and passion of the incredible talent across Hilton.
“The event reflects the ongoing and meaningful career opportunities Hilton provides to Team Members, to nurture their professional growth and development. We have extraordinary talent across our Food & Beverage departments to inspire them to develop their skills and learn from other leaders”, said Mr Constantine.
On top of the prestigious honour, the three winners of the Bar, Barista and Culinary Cups were awarded exclusive training and development experiences customised for each craft.
The Food and Beverage Masters concept first launched in Europe in 2011 and expanded to the Middle East and Africa region in 2012. After much success, the competition later launched across the Asia Pacific region in 2015.
Guests can experience Aaron’s Rolls Royce limited edition creation with a Truffle macaron in Adelphi Bar from 19 February for $28.