Hospitality Industry Comes Together for International Culinary Forum
Bangalore, 30th Jan 2018: Bangalore hosted the first round of 4th Edition of Young Chef Olympiad, the world’s largest culinary competition, on Tuesday. The international cooking competition, which features over 55 countries competing for the coveted YCO trophy and a cash prize of $10,000, is supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.
YCO was created as a platform by noted hospitality school, IIHM, for young chefs-in-training from around the world to interact and showcase their talent. The previous three editions saw an increasingly positive response from the international hospitality community, making the event benchmark for the industry across the world.
The first round, which was held at International Institute of Hotel Management, Bengaluru, featured 10 of the 55 countries, cooking as per recipe provided in 2 hours.
The judges panel included international culinary personalities like Chef Andreas Muller, Chef Scott Baechler and Chef John Wood and Bangalore Chefs – Chef Selvaraju R, Chef Jaideep Kanungoe, Chef Ashish Sanyal, Chef Anurudh Khanna, Chef Anthony En Yuan Huang, Chef Naren Thimmaiah, Chef Vikas Seth, Chef Vijay David Niranjan, Chef Zafar Ali, Chef Daniel Kumar, Chef Saroj M, Chef Jnana Ranjan Panda, Chef Mahesh Padala, Chef Abhijit Saha and noted food critic Mr. Suresh Hinduja.
The contestants, who represented Iceland, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Bhutan, Italy, Bangladesh and South Africa, were judged on metrics such as culinary skills and techniques, adherence to good health and safety and hygiene practice, working methods, minimal waste and best use of ingredients, professional appearance, attitude, dish presentation, taste and flavor.
Mrs. Shalini Khanna Charles, Director – Bangalore, IIHM, said, “It is a pleasure to host an international event of such repute, which helps not only give international exposure to hospitality students but also showcases namma Bengaluru to international tourists. This edition of Young Chef Olympiad also included an International Culinary Forum that brought together international and Bengaluru chefs and other industry personalities to create a much-needed discussion about the issues. We look forward to seeing the winner after the final round in Kolkata.”
International Culinary Forum:
YCO also hosted an unique International Culinary Forum on 29th January at The Park, Bengaluru featuring eminent chefs, mentors and other personalities from across the world and the city.
The forum featured two panel discussions, engaging in discourse about the various issues of the industry and potential solutions.