Foodies compete for crayfish tasting

Foodies compete for crayfish tasting

 

On Drivetime yesterday Chris was talking crayfish in his Thursday foodie feature.  A food company in Nanjing, east China, is shelling out for a full-time crayfish taster to help it create the most delicious crayfish dishes on the market.

More than 100 eager job-seekers turned up at a special recruitment fair held by the company this week. The candidates were given a series of challenges to test on their crayfish tasting abilities, including whether they can shell the crustaceans in three seconds and identify all the spice used in the dish.

Crayfish is one of the most popular dishes in China. Residents in cities across the country would enjoy the crustacean, which is often cooked in a spicy broth, in open-air food stalls in summer accompanied by cold beer and friends.

Video footage released by China News of the recruitment fair hosted by food producer Bingku Daxia shows hungry candidates – most of them young adults donning plastic gloves and digging into the massive tubs of cooked crayfish. They were also seen carefully tasting and examining the tiny lobsters and evaluating the dish’s accompanying spices and ingredients while answering questions in a multiple choice test.

There were local university students, expats, professional chefs, logistics planners and even three Kazakhstan overseas students among the group, according to Yantze Evening News. More than 100 eager job-seekers turned up for the challenge, which tested on their crayfish tasting abilities including whether they can shell the crustaceans in three seconds.