International Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) 2018 Kickstarts on January 28

New Delhi  :  The 4th International  Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) 2018 is supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, organised by International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and is set to take a flying start on January 28, 2018 at the Talkatora Indoor Stadium in Delhi. Season 4 of the world’s biggest culinary Olympiad will be held from January 28 to February 2 with different rounds being held at Delhi, Pune, Bangalore and the grand finale will be held in Kolkata. YCO 2018 assures to be a much greater event in scale and grandeur. With over 50 countries participating at the culinary extravaganza, YCO 2018 will definitely attract eyeballs.

All the participating countries have been divided into five groups, namely, Group A to Group E. This division was done through a Lucky Draw that was held in London some months back. The contestants, or ‘Cheftestants’ as they are referred to in YCO, will be accompanied by a mentor at the competition. They will go through three rounds of competition before reaching the grand finale to be held at Kolkata.

The Olympiad will be judged by a panel of distinguished international celebrity judges, all of whom are well known in the culinary world. Some of the celebrity judges who will be on the panel are Chef Chris Galvin, Chef John Wood, Chef Karl Guggenmos and others. The panel of judges will be chaired by Prof. David Foskett, former Dean and Head of the London School of Hospitality and Tourism at the University of West London. Iconic chef, Padma Shri Sanjeev Kapoor is the Principal Judge and Mentor of YCO 18. His message for YCO 18 is a great motivation for the students of IIHM. “What IIHM has done by organizing the Young Chef Olympiad is truly path breaking and the direct benefit of YCO goes to students of IIHM. It’s an amazing learning for IIHM students,” said Kapoor.

With a dream to take YCO to greater heights, Dr Suborno Bose, the Chairman of YCO 2018 Committee said, “I am happy at how the Olympiad has progressed over the years and I expect YCO 2018 to be an even greater event considering the number of countries participating this time with many of them coming for the first time.”

The highlight of YCO 18 will be United World of Young Chefs, a unique event scheduled for January 31. “This will be an absolutely awesome event where all the participants from 50 nations will prepare their national dishes under one roof,” said Dr Bose. Another special event is the International Culinary Forum that will be held on January 31 for the mentors. This seminar will be an enriching session of exchange of cultures and culinary experience between the experts from the industry from across the world. Besides the Olympiad, such events will take forward the spirit of friendship, bonding and camaraderie embodied by YCO.

List of participating countries in YCO 2018 :

  • Armenia,  France,  Mauritius ,  Philippines,  Sweden,  Australia,  Hong Kong,  Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Bahrain, Iceland, Myanmar, Scotland, Turkey, Bangladesh, India,  Namibia,  Seychelles,  UAE,  Belgium, Ireland,  Nepal,  Singapore,  USA, Bhutan, Italy, New Zealand,  South Africa,  Wales, Cambodia, Kenya, Northern Ireland, South Korea,  Zimbabwe,  Egypt Malaysia,  Oman,  Spain,  England,  Malta,  Palestine,  Sri Lank.

About Young Chef Olympiad :

Young Chef Olympiad is an initiative of International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and the event is partnered by International Hospitality Council (IHC). YCO 2018 is the fourth season of the event since its inception in 2015. The event is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India as well as West Bengal Tourism. Dr Suborno Bose, the Chairman of the Young Chef Olympiad 2018 Committee said, “Young Chef Olympiad was conceptualized as a platform for young chefs in training from around the world to interact and showcase their talent. We are overwhelmed by the response from the international community who have come together to make this event a grand success.”

About IIHM :

IIHM (International Institute of Hotel Management) is the largest chain of premier hospitality and hotel management schools across India that started its journey in 1994 in Kolkata. 2018 marks the 25th year of IIHM that is part of Indismart Group, the conglomerate that operates the Indismart Hotels. IIHM campuses are located across eight national and international cities with the associate institute IAM-IHM located in Kolkata, Goa and Guwahati. Students passing out of IIHM are armed with an international degree from the University of West London and equipped with global hospitality skills that enable easy placements in any hospitality brand across the world. IIHM is dedicated to its pursuit of excellence in teaching and placements. Real time experience is the key to success in hospitality and that makes the institute popular. In recent years, IIHM has been instrumental in organizing the Young Chef Olympiad, a unique idea and initiative inviting young culinary talents from across the world to participate in the biggest cookery reality show of all time.

The institute has bagged several prestigious awards including the Best Education Brand Award from Economic Times in 2017. IIHM was also awarded as one among the World’s Greatest Brands & Leaders 2015-16 by URS International (IMEA – Process Reviewer PriceWaterhouseCoopers P.L.) and also received the Best Institute in Hospitality Education 2017 Award by ASSOCHAM from Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon’ble Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education), Govt. of India.

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