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Culinary Olympics in Erfurt: chefs ready for the challenge

Since 1990, every 4 years, coinciding with the Olympic Games, the best cooks and chefs of the world meet in Germany for their special competition. We are talking about the World Culinary Olympics, Olympiade der Köche, where more than 1200 professionals compete in team or individually, from forty countries around the world. For three days of high quality tastes and flavors. From October 6 to 9 at Erfurt Fair.

The Culinary Olympics are celebrating their 23th edition this year, the third consecutive time in Erfurt, after having been held in other German cities in past editions. The first edition dates back to 1900 and was promoted by the Court of Prussia. The 2008 edition, won by the Norwegian national team, was attended by almost 30 000 people who were able to attend the live show of food preparation.

The rules of the competition are very restrictive, with severe limits regarding the storage of raw materials, a strict control of who can and cannot polish platters, times for processing food and table service: during the key moments of the competition, a maximum of 6 chefs for each country will prepare 90 courses in 6 hours. The Olympics’ Regulation provides a 7 Euros refund for each course, those who spend more should pay the difference out of their pockets and certainly won’t look good in times of crisis.

A tight competition is expected between the national teams and individual chefs, both in terms of disciplines and categories (hot and cold dishes, starters and main courses, side dishes and desserts.) Olympiade der Köche is organized in collaboration with Verband der Köche Deutschlands, the German Chefs Association, and Ika, Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung, the International Culinary Art Association.

The Olympics, which also include moments of culinary ‘art’ in terms of taste refinement and presentation of dishes, take place in parallel with Inoga a major international fair for Hotel, Catering and Hospitality Sector. Indeed, at Messe Erfurt, from October 6 to 9, takes place ‘Inoga’ a must for anyone interested in the latest trends and new ideas for catering and hospitality. Inoga showcases the products and services presented by kitchen tools suppliers and culinary art professionals. The more than 30 000 visitors are all catering organizers, restaurateurs and hotel managers, as well as chefs and staff working at restaurants and hotels.

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