BENGALURU: The City will play host to 67 top students chefs from across 67 countries at the Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) to be held from January 27 to February 1.
International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) announced the details of the second edition of Young Chef Olympiad (YCO), to be held from 27th January – 1st February, on Tuesday.
The event will be spread across 6 days and 4 cities as the participating culinary students contest for the grand title and a cash prize of 10,000 US dollars.
The opening ceremony will be on January 27 at New Delhi and will be followed by a cook-off in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi culminating in the finale in Kolkata on February 1.
Bengaluru, one of the four cities chosen for the event, will see the presence of 11 countries – Australia, Malaysia, Nepal, Phillipines, Mexico, Mauritius, Oman, Cambodia, Seychelles, Botswana and Norway.
Shalini Charles, Director, Indian Institute of Hotel Management, Bangalore, said, “Food has always been the biggest unifier and continues to be so in today’s day and age. We look forward to hosting the 11 countries at our Bangalore campus and discovering new talent put together by young creative culinary minds from across the world.”
IIHM also hosted a Master Class with Chef Shaun Kensworthy, Chef Mentor and Director, IIHM, as the curtainraiser for the event. It saw conversations on food and dialogues on culinary talent among chefs, enthusiasts and foodies.
Chef Shaun Kensworthy said, “ It’s a great initiative that will build bridges for talent in this field across borders. It is a great opportunity for aspiring young cooks to showcase their talent and make the country proud.”
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