Competition for the oldest and largest international culinary exhibition launched by Olympic athletes in Stuttgart
The 25th IKA/Culinary Olympics (14 to 19 February 2020) will be taking place during INTERGASTRA, the leading trade fair for the hotel and gastronomy business (15 to 19 February 2020). With the oldest and largest international culinary exhibition, Messe Stuttgart now has even more to offer the experts: International culinary teams will be competing for victory over the course of four whole days, while providing visitors with the opportunity to enjoy dishes of the highest quality from all over the world. Exactly one year before the event, gymnasts and Olympic athletes Fabian Hambüchen and Tabea Alt carried out the draw for the competition at the New Palace in Stuttgart, with Messe Stuttgart and the German Chefs' Association (Verband der Köche Deutschlands e. V.) thus opening the competition season for the IKA/Culinary Olympics.
“INTERGASTRA, with its structured hall layout and extraordinary scope of exhibitors from the hotel and gastronomy business, presents the entire world of hospitality. The IKA/Culinary Olympics benefits from such a platform and we benefit from its international character,” explains Ulrich Kromer von Baerle, President of Messe Stuttgart. Staying true to the trade fair's Olympic motto that #takingpartiseverything, INTERGASTRA will be kicking off the Olympic year on 14 February 2020 together with the IKA/Culinary Olympics, the oldest and largest international culinary exhibition. Around 2,000 chefs and patissiers from more than 60 nations will then compete against each other, setting the latest culinary trends with their creative cooking right at the heart of Baden-Württemberg.
Ensuring the teams are sufficiently prepared for the challenge that lies ahead in February of next year, the cooking schedules for the 32 national and 24 junior national teams have been determined 12 months prior to this. “We were delighted to see team representatives from Japan, Canada, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and the US in attendance yesterday. They wanted to experience the launch live and find out as soon as possible on which days they would be competing,” explained Andreas Becker, President of the German Chefs' Association. Olympic athletes Tabea Alt and Fabian Hambüchen were also on hand to lend Messe Stuttgart and the German Chefs' Association their high-profile support. “It was an honour for us to be here today. We are more than familiar with the excitement that comes with competing and are cheering along with the teams already,” says Olympic medallist Fabian Hambüchen. The schedule for the Restaurant of Nations (national teams, evenings; junior national teams, midday) and the Restaurant of Community Catering (midday) was drawn. All other competition days for the individual teams then automatically fell into place.
Those participating are divided into national teams, junior national teams, regional teams, community catering teams and individual exhibitors. The national teams are representing China, Denmark, Germany, England, Finland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Canada, Croatia, Macao, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Scotland, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Hungary, USA, United Arab Emirates, Wales and Cyprus. The junior national teams are representing Australia, Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, England, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, South Korea, Thailand, the Czech Republic, USA, United Arab Emirates, Wales and Cyprus.