Joy Roy Choudhury – Kolkata
International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) will host the second edition of Young Chef Olympiad from January 26-February 1, 2016. The event will be spread across six days and four locations. Budding chefs from 67 countries representing world renowned hotel schools and institutes will be in New Delhi to celebrate the 67th Republic Day and compete on the culinary table for the first prize of US$ 10,000. After the opening ceremony, participants will be split into three equal teams with one team remaining in Delhi and the other two flying to Mumbai and Bengaluru respectively. The first round of prelims will be held in three different cities, namely, Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru on January 28-29, 2016. After completing the first round, the participants will fly to Kolkata for the second round of prelims, which will be held on January 30-31, 2016. The marks from the two rounds of prelims will be added to select the ‘Top 10’, who will then compete for the finals, to be held in Kolkata, on February 1, 2016, where the winner will be chosen. “Last year, the event was confined to Kolkata only, but this year we have incorporated several new features in the format and we are organising it on a much bigger scale,” stated Dr Suborno Bose, chairman executive committee, Young Chef Olympiad, and chairman and group CEO, IIHM and IndiSmart Group Worldwide. IIHM is part of the IndiSmart Group Worldwide and has figured in the list of ‘Asia’s 100 Fastest Growing Private Educational Institutions’, certified by KPMG in 2014.
Elaborating on the second edition, Dr Bose informed, “The inauguration will be held at New Delhi’s Talkatora Indoor Stadium, in the presence of HE Lt Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung (subject to his availability), besides luminaries from the field of culinary arts, hospitality, travel and tourism. Senior officials from Ministry of Tourism (MoT), Government of India will also be attending the inaugural event. MoT is extending its support to the event. Leading hotel groups, airlines and organisations like ITC Hotels, The Leela Palace, Novotel, Hyatt, Swissotel, Jet Airways, Singapore Chef Association have already partnered for the event. We have also invited Rakesh Sarna, managing director and CEO, Indian Hotels Company to grace the inaugural event or the closing ceremony as a special guest.”
Participants from more than 50 countries have confirmed their participation and more are in the pipeline, but it will not exceed more than 67. Some leading colleges, which have confirmed so far- Le Roches, Ceaser Ritz, Le Cordon Bleu, Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, German Chefs Academy and others.
“The idea behind organising this multi-city Olympiad is to provide an opportunity to showcase cuisines from across the world, as well as highlight the growing acceptance of hospitality and culinary arts as a sought-after career option among Indian students,” said Dr Bose.
The panelist will comprise of globally renowned celebrity chefs, food critics and authors- Prof David Foskett, emeritus professor, University of West London and author of the book, ‘Practical Cookery’; Chef Andreas Muller, Expert WorldSkills Hong Kong and the chief judge for World Skills Qatar 2016; Chef Eric Neo, president, Singapore Chef Association and executive chef, Hilton Singapore; Chef Kunal Kapur, celebrity chef; Chef Ritu Dalmia, celebrity chef; Karen Anand, celebrity food critic; Chef Manish Mehrotra, celebrity chef, Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, celebrity chef; and Chef Shaun Kenworthy, culinary director – Indismart Group.
Commenting further, Dr Bose said, “Apart from being the world’s biggest culinary event for young chefs, the Olympiad acts as a platform for the ‘Global Connect Initiative’, a unique concept created by us. ‘The Global Connect Initiative’ is a huge effort to unite the young chefs of the world and is based on the philosophy of Teach, Learn and Network. To make the Young Chef Olympiad concept global, we may explore the possibility of hosting the next edition abroad like the UK or Hong Kong with participants from over 100 countries.”