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Worldchefs Celebrates Historic IKA/Culinary Olympics 2020

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Germany, 28th February 2020

Worldchefs Celebrates IKA/Culinary Olympics 2020

  • From 14 to 19 February 2020, the 25th IKA/Culinary Olympics took place in Stuttgart, Germany. Worldchefs President Thomas A. Gugler opened the historic event.
  • Over 1800 participants, including 110 teams and 67 Worldchefs Certified Judges from all over the world came together over the four days of the competition. 
  • Worldchefs Village, at the heart of the competition arena, witnessed community, comradery, and culinary delights throughout the event. Photos are available here.

Paris, 28th of February 2020 – From 14 to 19 February 2020, the 25th IKA/Culinary Olympics took place in Stuttgart, Germany. Worldchefs President Thomas A. Gugler opened the historic event to an audience of white jackets representing 67 countries. His speech is viewable here.

Over 1800 participants, including 110 teams and 67 Worldchefs Certified Judges from all over the world came together over the four days of the competition. Norway took home the gold medal. The official medal table can be found here with full results.

Worldchefs Village, at the heart of the competition arena, witnessed community, comradery, and culinary delights throughout the event. Photos of Worldchefs at IKA/Culinary Olympics 2020 are available here.

“Worldchefs Village is a fantastic atmosphere. So many different nations, so many different cultures, beliefs, races, under one umbrella. I am very proud to be here.” – Thomas A. Gugler, Worldchefs President 

Amid the exciting atmosphere, Worldchefs announced the creation of Culinary Ability Awards Committee. Former Worldchefs President Dr. H. C. Siegfried Schaber was also presented with a VKD Life Achievement Award, handed out and given by President Gugler, recognizing Chef Schabers remarkable contributions to the industry. 

Worldchefs offers utmost congratulations and appreciation to the organizer of IKA 2020, the Verband der Köche Deutschlands e. V. (VKD/German Chefs’ Association), as well as Messe Stuttgart, Dehoga Baden-Württemberg and numerous honorary VKD members that helped make the event a fantastic experience.

Thank you to our members and partners for joining us at Worldchefs Village: Electrolux Professional, Custom Culinary, Koppert Cress, VITO Oil, HUG, Friedr. Dick, Antonius Caviar, Sterling Halibut, Culinary Association of Wales, Maldive Chef Association, Singapore Chef Association, and the Nordic Chef Association.

Worldchefs also extends our sincere gratitude for special on-site support: kitchen equipment from Electrolux Professional, servingware from Figgjo, disposable products from Duni, champagne from Champagne Collet, beer from Birra Morena, kitchen utensils from Andy Manhart, pans from AMT Gastroguss, and logistics from VKD.

“The IKA/Culinary Olympics was the perfect setting for the international family of chefs to come together and devote themselves to our shared great passion: cooking.” – Richard Beck, President of the VKD.

Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2020 will be the next opportunity to gather together the Worldchefs global community. To learn more and to attend Congress 2020, visit www.worldchefscongress.org

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ABOUT WORLDCHEFS 

The World Association of Chefs’ Societies, known as Worldchefs, is a dynamic global network of 110 chef associations worldwide. A leading voice in hospitality, Worldchefs carries 91 years of history since its founding at the Sorbonne by the venerable Auguste Escoffier. Representing a mobilized international membership of culinary professionals, Worldchefs is committed to advancing the profession and leveraging the influence of the chef jacket for the betterment of the industry and humanity at large.

Worldchefs is dedicated to raising culinary standards and social awareness through four core focus areas:

Education – Worldchefs offers support for education and professional development through the landmark Worldchefs Academy online training program, a diverse network of Worldchefs Education Partners and curriculums, and the world’s first Global Hospitality Certification recognizing on-the-job skills in hospitality; 

Networking – Worldchefs connects culinary professionals around the globe through their online community platform and provides a gateway for industry networking opportunities through endorsed events, Worldchefs Village, and the biennial Worldchefs Congress & Expo;

Competition – Worldchefs sets global standards for competition rules and endorsemetn of key culinary competitions worldwide, provides Competition Seminars and assurance of Worldchefs Certified Judges, and operates the prestigious Global Chefs Challenge;

Humanitarianism & Sustainability – Worldchefs Feed the Planet and World Chefs Without Borders programs relieve food poverty, deliver crisis support, and promote sustainability across the globe.

For more information about Worldchefs, visit us at www.worldchefs.org.

ABOUT WORLDCHEFS CONGRESS 2020

The biennial event for industry leaders and culinary innovators, Worldchefs Congress & Expo unites thousands of chefs and celebrated voices in gastronomy for a dynamic four-day forum designed to transform an industry into an inspired community.

Hear from leading experts, experience masterclasses with top chefs, learn about the latest trends in HoReCa innovation, watch the world’s best culinary teams compete in the final of the Global Chefs Challenge, and connect with industry professionals from around the globe at Worldchefs networking and dining events.

Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2020 will be held in St. Petersburg, Russia, 29th July – 1st August. Network and expand your professional bonds with the most influential culinary body worldwide. Register now at www.worldchefscongress.org.

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For any media inquiries, contact: 

Clare Pettersson

Communications Manager, Worldchefs

marketing@worldchefs.org

T. +33 1 80 06 58 30

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