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Evolution of Our 8 Year Journey with the Real High Tea Challenge !

The journey continues now with a greater understanding of tea

Afternoon Tea For the 21st Century Competition

  • Dilmah Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century
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  • About

    Is an evolution of our 8 year journey with the Real High Tea Challenge. Because afternoon tea is not just about tea with scones and cucumber sandwiches, there are several dimensions to...

    • THE CULTURAL DIMENSION

      The 7 Dimensions

      THE CULTURAL DIMENSION

      On the simple principle that afternoon tea served in Santiago should be significantly different to the same occasion in Sydney, AFTERNOON TEA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY shall be governed by specific cultural attributes, emphasizing local tradition, cultural and historical heritage in order to add that dimension to the guest experience.

    • THE PERSONAL DIMENSION

      The 7 Dimensions

      THE PERSONAL DIMENSION

      A key element in the story that would enhance the experience of afternoon tea for the guest is the authenticity and individuality in the teas, paired foods etc. A personal element could involve the family tradition of a member of the team a recipe from their personal history or similar.
    • THE CULINARY DIMENSION

      The 7 Dimensions

      THE CULINARY DIMENSION

      Excellence in the quality of ingredients, technique and the outcome all sensory aspects of the food are a requirement.
    • THE MIXOLOGY DIMENSION

      The 7 Dimensions

      THE MIXOLOGY DIMENSION

      Excellence in the selection of spirits and their combination is a requirement...
    • THE SUSTAINABILITY DIMENSION

      The 7 Dimensions

      THE SUSTAINABILITY DIMENSION

      Ingredients, techniques and all aspects of the preparation and presentation of AFTERNOON TEA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY shall be aligned environmental, economic and social priorities, ensuring that choice of ingredients...

    • THE TEA DIMENSION

      The 7 Dimensions

      THE TEA DIMENSION

      The selection and presentation of teas must be made with knowledge of the specific terroir, perfect preparation and service, with clear expression of the terroir of each as well as knowledge that would allow the guest to experience the tea in proper agricultural and historical context...

    • HARMONY

      The 7 Dimensions

      HARMONY

      Each of the 6 dimensions above need to be harmonious with the other in order that tea as an example maintains a harmonious combination with food or beverage with which it is served or into which it is used as an ingredient whilst also linking with the cultural...

  • The 4 Experiential Elements

    The 4 Experiential Elements

    The design and preparation of the Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century presentation is required to fulfil 4 experiential elements...
  • Themes

    Afternoon tea for the 21st century needs to incorporate several themes...

  • Hall of fame

    Hall of Fame

    Another chapter was opened in the culinary history of the United Arab Emirates with the debut of the 'Afternoon Tea for the 21st Century' contest by family tea company Dilmah.