2016 Golden Spoon cooking contest kicks off
Update: May 27, 2016
The Chiec Thia Vang (Golden Spoon) competition, which seeks to find the country's best chefs and dishes, was launched in the southern province of Binh Duong on May 26.

With the theme “Huong vi que nha - Hanh trinh gia vi Viet” (Homeland tastes - Journey of Vietnamese Spices), the contest is taking place in Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, with the qualifying round from June 7 to September 29. 

The semi-final rounds in the north and in the south are scheduled to take place in Ha Noi on October 11-12 and Ho Chi Minh City on October 25-27, respectively. The final round will be held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 6-7. 

Co-organised by the Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism, the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Binh Duong-based Minh Long I Company and the Business Support Academy, the cooking contest aims to seek talented chiefs who can create world-class Vietnamese dishes from each region across the country. 

The total prize this year will exceed 3 billion VND (135,000 USD).