Hotel Captain Cook Food-Carving Prodigy Earns Grand Champion Title and Spot at the International Culinary Competition in Paris
Roulet qualified for International Competition after earning the Grand Champion title at the 2010 Las Vegas Culinary Competition.
Bang-On Roulet, the Hotel Captain Cook Garden Manager, has been invited to compete in the International Fruit and Vegetable Competition in Meaux, France on October 16, 2010.
One of only 15 invitees to the International Competition in Meaux, Roulet first earned the Grand Champion title at the 2010 Las Vegas Culinary Competition, her first of this kind. The competition is hosted by the associate “Gout Avenir et Tradition” (GAT) and the “Association Internationale de Sculpture sur Fruits and Vegetables” (AISFL). The AISFL was founded in January 2010 to promote and enhance the artistic carving of fruits and vegetables.
Roulet moved to Ketchikan from Thailand in 2003, where she worked at a Thai restaurant before moving to Anchorage in 2005 to become the Garden Manager at the Hotel Captain Cook. She currently specializes in the preparation of salads, dressings, sushi and other cold foods. She follows the “eat by the eye” motto, and strives to add an elegant touch to everything she creates, from tastes to appearance.
Food carving became an interest of Roulet’s in 2008, when she was inspired by a food carving competition on the Food Channel. “The competition reminded me of the samurai-inspired cuisine carvers from my home country of Thailand” says Roulet,”I immediately purchased instructional materials to develop my carving ability.” She proceeded to spend long hours of her personal time perfecting her craft, only once attending formal instruction for 12 hours in San Francisco.
Roulet was able to contact Master Chef Ray Duey of California, who had produced the majority of the materials she used to learn food carving, and the two exchanged photos of their work. Upon viewing her work, Chef Duey encouraged her to complete in the Las Vegas Culinary Challenge, where she earned her first title and her invitation to the International Competition.
The Hotel Captain Cook is Alaska’s only Preferred Hotel. The luxury property has 547 rooms, including 96 suites, and offers panoramic views of the Cook Inlet, Chugach Mountains, Anchorage cityscape and Mt. McKinley. Located in what is now the bustling hub of America's gateway to the Pacific Rim, the Hotel Captain Cook caters to the international traveler, dignitary, business and leisure traveler.