THE best chefs in the country will compete and showcase their culinary skills during the annual Moffat Salon Culinare in Nadi.
Fiji Chef Association president Shailendra Naidu said the Moffat Salon Culinare 2012 was expected to be bigger and better compared to previous years.
"The event has been bringing together chefs from across the country since the early 1980s when it began and when Moffat joined us in 2003, the competition has been improving each year," he said.
Mr Naidu said this year's competition would have three categories for professional and aspiring chefs.
"We'll have 23 different classes for three categories. One category will have cooking students and apprentices, a category for junior chefs and an open category where any professional chef can take part in.
"Then we have three prestigious classes where we will determine the Fiji Pastry Chef of the Year, the Fiji Junior Chef of the Year and the Fiji Chef of the Year," he said.
Mr Naidu said the annual event was a highlight for the local culinary industry.
"It's an event that supports and brings together all of our professional chefs from the different resorts. It is something that is good for them, the tourism industry and for Fiji."
The association has appointed local professional chefs to be judges at the event.
Mr Naidu said international judges would be appointed but they were yet to confirm who will be coming for the event this year.
The Moffat Salon Culinare 2012 will be held from November 8 to 10 at the Fiji National University's Namaka Campus.