Twenty-two teams of chefs are competing in the Ho Chi Minh City region qualifying round of the Chiec Thia Vang (Golden Spoon) contest on November 26.

Ly Huy Sang, deputy general director of Minh Long I, one of the organisers, said knowledge of nutrition is one of the most important criteria in the contest.

It aims to honour professional chefs who have researched into nutrition and introduced Vietnamese specialties and healthy dishes to tourists, he added.

Organised also by the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association and Business Support Agency, the contest is taking place at Van Thanh park, Binh Thanh district, from 7.30am. The results will be announced at 6pm the same day.

It attracted a total of 195 teams nationwide. Twenty-four teams will qualify for the semi-final and receive 30 million VND (1,500 USD) each.

The semi-final will be held in Hanoi on December 20 and Ho Chi Minh City on January 3, 2014.

Ten winners will go through to the final and get 40 million VND each. The winner of the final will get 1 billion VND.

There will be three awards worth 100 million VND each for the most impressive, best decorated, and most nutritious dishes.-VNA