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A combination of exotics and traditions just before St. Nicholas’ Day in Mall Varna

05. December 2015
A combination of exotics and traditions just before St. Nicholas’ Day in Mall Varna

The Fifth National Culinary Exhibition Varna 2015 turned into a real feast for the senses.  Nine teams competed on Friday evening for the seafood MasterChef title. As tradition dictates on St. Nicholas’ Day, the culinary competition put a focus on seafood dishes and seafood gourmet foods and the meals presented by the chefs to the jury and the hundreds of visitors at The Market of Mall Varna were worthy competitors to the meals offered by the finest gourmet restaurants.

The culinary rivalry was really big. The works of the competitors combined traditional and exotic tastes. Their “arsenal” for the competition included sea bass and salmon, octopus and squid, Rapana sea snails, prawns and, of course, stuffed carp for St. Nicholas’ Day. All teams unleashed their imagination not only in the selection and combination of fish and seafood gourmet dishes, but also in the design of the dishes and the arrangement of their stalls and also the presentation of the specialties to the jury and the public.

Here are the winners of the prizes provided by the organisers - Municipality of Varna and Varna Chamber of Tourism, “Culture and Tourism of the Bulgarian North-East Region” Association and the journalists’ jury and event host - Mall Varna:

“Starter” Category: “Nova Mizia - Targovishte” Restaurant;
“Main Course” Category: “BM - Varna” Restaurant;
“Dessert” Category: “Azalia” Hotel & Spa - Sts. Constantine and Helena Resort
Prize from Municipality of Varna: Tourism Vocational School “Prof. Asen Zlatarov” - Varna;
Prize from Varna Chamber of Tourism: “Karo and Lina” Restaurant - “Trakata” locality;
Prize from the “Culture and Tourism of the Bulgarian North-East Region” Association:  “The Three Musketeers” Restaurant - Varna.
Prize of the journalists: Tourism College – Varna;
Prize from the hosts from Mall Varna: “Sts. Cyril and Methodius” Secondary School - Ignatievo.