November 29 2023  |  Events

APOT's 2023 riverboat wrap up in Da Nang City

By Jane Hobson, in Danang, Vietnam

The Poseidon cruise boat from shore

Delegates took the waters last night for APOT's 2023 finale. Attendees ate, drank and danced aboard the Poseidon cruise boat as it meandered along Da Nang City's picturesque Han River.

APOT CEO Jeremy Clark and Founder HappyK shared their warm thank you's to delegates for attending this year's event.

"APOT is not about big numbers. We are a family—when we get together, when you come here, it is because we are family," HappyK said.

Clark told delegates next year's event may be held in China or Japan.

APOT CEO Jeremy Clark and Founder HappyK

Guests were treated to a four-course meal of Vietnamese dishes, entertainment with a live band, dance, song and a fashion show. The evening also celebrated winners of CATRION's International Chefs Competition.

Best winner overall Chef Doi Thi Ngoc Diep (middle) accepts her award with Mr. Nguyen Duc Quynh, Director General of Indochina Beach Hotel JSC - Furama Resort (left) and APOT Founder Keerthi “HappyK” Hapugasdeniya

Presented by APOT CEO Jeremy Clark and Founder Keerthi “HappyK” Hapugasdeniya, the winners are as follows:

  • Best winner overall: Chef Doi Thi Ngoc Diep
  • Most outstanding entree: Chef Vo Quoc Viet
  • Most outstanding appetizer: Chef Kelvin Vu
  • Most outstanding dessert: Chef Hoang Van Thuong
  • Most outstanding passenger preference meal: Chef Chaminda Galahitiyawa
  • Best in kitchen: Chef Vo Quoc Viet

More photos of the closing ceremony below:

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