INTERCONTINENTAL Fiji Golf Resort and Spa's 22 chefs claimed 26 medals at the 2012 Moffat Salon Culinaire competition, beating their 18-medal haul record from last year.
Competing against more than 200 colleagues from resorts, hotels and restaurants around Fiji, the chefs from Natadola came out overall winners during the annual competition in Nadi.
"The competition encouraged us to create innovative dishes and think outside the box," said chef and gold medal winner Sheik Rehman.
"We pushed ourselves far beyond what we thought we could achieve and you can really see growth in our skills-set and confidence.
"I hope to win more medals next year." Mr Rehman won gold for his "prawn, stuffed in chicken breast with gourmet vegetables, mashed sweet potato".
"The process was incredibly involved. Our chefs invested countless hours researching, training, experimenting with recipes, concepts, colours, textures, ingredients, plates and different presentations," said mentor and executive chef Richard Millar.
"They are the talk of the town and have made InterContinental Fiji very proud. I am certain next year's competition will only be bigger and better." Described as a culinary art, the dishes were presented with elegance and flair, many reflecting the different cultures in Fiji.