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Hilton (What’s Your Beef?)

I was sitting at home preparing my trip to the USA and I received an email by Hilton informing me that they would like me to be a judge at their #CareersAtHiltonLive competition. A phone call and a confirmation later I find out I am one of the chosen judges to help out find talented individuals with ideas that are out of the box in cooking an (Oyster Blade Beef Cut).

We met up and looked through the submissions till we found our lucky finalists. We gave them some time to adjust their recipes and figure out their final presentation techniques to meet again and decide the ranking of the winners. The 4 chosen finalists were already winners as three of them would get jobs at the Hilton upcoming facility in the dead sea and the person who gets the highest score would be given a job at Hilton in the UAE.

The competition atmosphere was a great experience for both competitors and judges alike and I will leave you to follow some of the moments I managed to capture:

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Laith Matalka’s Maple Orange Glazed Oyster Blade Steak with Leeks, Mashed Potato, and Thyme Butter Sauteed Vegetables

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Laith Matalka’s Maple Orange Glazed Oyster Blade Steak with Leeks, Mashed Potato, and Thyme Butter Sauteed Vegetables

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Mousa Abboud’s Braised Beef Oyster Blade with Smoked Potato Puree, Glazed Carrots and Shallots, Coffee Glaze, Pesto

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Mousa Abboud’s Braised Beef Oyster Blade with Smoked Potato Puree, Glazed Carrots and Shallots, Coffee Glaze, Pesto

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George Siryani’s Blue Cheese Oyster Blade

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George Siryani’s Blue Cheese Oyster Blade

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Motaz Zayed’s Wagyu Garden Steak

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Motaz Zayed’s Wagyu Garden Steak

The competing dishes had the personality of each of the contestants as they explained to us the ingredients and techniques they used in the kitchen, then Chef Austin from Hilton joined us in the judging room and expressed his opinion in each of the students in terms of cooking quality and cleanliness which was a part of the judging categories. All in all I could say each dish had a very strong chance, but in the end one dish creativity stood out as well as it’s design. The Wagyu Garden Steak was an absolute pleasure and very different from the rest as it looked like a bulky piece of meat at first and then you end up surprised that this was a thin layer wrapping up an unexpected bitesized well cooked meat to enjoy.

All in all I could say it was a pleasure being on that team, and I wish all the students good luck in their future career.

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Motaz Zayed’s Wagyu Garden Steak (The Top Winner)

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Judges Panel With Chef Austin

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