Malta Kulinarja is an annual culinary competition that showcases the best of Maltese cuisine and culinary talent.
This year, one of the highlights of the competition was the Work in Fat Showpiece category, where participants were tasked with creating a completely handmade showpiece using lard butter and carving tools without any external support structure.
One particular showpiece that stood out was created by Kaylocke Buhagiar.
His showpiece, inspired by the determination and courage of Andrea Calleja, an athlete who suffered a severe spinal cord injury during the last obstacle in The Grid Challenge Malta, was a stunning sculpture of Batman, completely made of lard butter.
Kaylocke’s showpiece was a testament to his skill and creativity, showcasing his ability to use a unique and challenging medium to create a masterpiece that was not only visually stunning but also meaningful. His dedication to his craft was evident in the level of detail and precision in his work.
Kaylocke’s passion for food presentation and events organization has been evident throughout his career, having worked in several high-end hotels around Malta and three hotels across Europe. He has been competing in the Malta Kulinarja competition for three years now, and in the 2020 competition, he achieved a silver medal for his showpiece of Happy Buddha, also presented in the work of fat category.
The Malta Kulinarja competition serves as a platform for showcasing the talent and creativity of Malta’s culinary industry.
It is an opportunity for chefs and food enthusiasts to showcase their skills and passion for food, as well as to learn from their peers and industry experts. The competition not only promotes local cuisine but also inspires innovation and creativity in the industry.