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Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 22:01

Top applicants for food truck scheme announced

By Honey Tsang

Top applicants for food truck scheme announced
The Hong Kong Food Truck Festival kicks off at PMQ, Central, on May 4, 2016. (Edmond Tang / China Daily)

HONG KONG — The result of the Cook-off Challenge – an official cooking contest to crown the top 16 applicants qualified to join the Food Truck Pilot Scheme – was released on Wednesday afternoon.

The selection panel of the scheme, composed of gourmets, financial experts, representatives of the travel industry, government departments and venues for the food truck operation, selected the champions – out of 51 shortlisted contestants.

In regard to the cuisine entries, eight applications are Chinese, four are Western and the rest are international.

A renowned French cuisine chef Ricky Cheung Kam-cheung told China Daily the food truck scheme offers great opportunities for food enthusiasts in town. As the rents of physical stores are always considered too high for startups, the project provides a relatively low-cost alternative for would-be operators.

Cheung said the dishes prepared by talented applicants were of high quality, in terms of creativity, flavor and texture. Some of them had elevated Hong Kong delicacies to a new level, he added.

The selected candidates will be invited to apply for the Food Factory License, issued by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, and other relevant licenses before commencing their businesses at designated locations.

The Food Truck Pilot Scheme is a new project announced by Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah in the 2015-16 Budget. The Tourism Commission is responsible for conducting research and devising a layout for the scheme.

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