Auckland chef turns into world champ with ‘crispy rice tapa’

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An Auckland chef has won the 2018 World Tapas Championship in Spain.

Shuyun Chen of Bellota by Peter Gordon restaurant impressed the judges panel with her “Crispy Rice” tapa, a tuna roll with pickled vegetables.

She was awarded the supreme prize of 6000 euro – ($NZ10,000) – at the closing ceremony in the city of Valladolid on Wednesday.

The gala was attended by more than 500 people, who packed the Millennium Dome of the Valladolid.

Ms Chen earlier this year won the Oceania Tapas Championship, which was held in New Zealand for the first time.

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