INTERGASTRA launches IKA/Culinary Olympics

15.02.2019 - 09:00

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.

The draw
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.


Captions (Copyright for all images: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH):

IKA_20_P_001: At the press conference: Christian Schmit (moderator), Daniel Schade (VKD Vice President), Eva-Maria Rühle (Vice Chairperson of the hotel and restaurant association DEHOGA Baden-Württemberg e.V.), Ulrich Kromer von Baerle (President of Messe Stuttgart), Fabian Hambüchen (former gymnast and Olympic champion in 2016 on the high bar), as well as Tabea Alt (internationally recognised gymnast (f.l.t.r.).

IKA_20_P_002: Eva-Maria Rühle (Vice Chairperson of the hotel and restaurant association DEHOGA Baden-Württemberg e.V.) is delighted that DEHOGA can support the necessary and enhanced infrastructure for the competition over the long term with the knowledge and large partner network.

IKA_20_P_003: For Ulrich Kromer von Baerle (President of Messe Stuttgart) the focus is on the international character and the IKA/Culinary Olympics benefits from the foundation of INTERGASTRA.  

IKA_20_P_004: He knows what an Olympics means: Fabian Hambüchen (former gymnast and Olympic champion in 2016 on the high bar) talks in the press conference about the support from the team and the motivation in the competition. 

IKA_20_P_005: Tabea Alt (internationally recognised gymnast) shares tips on how to prepare for a competition.

IKA_20_P_006: Daniel Schade (VKD Vice President) promises guests of the IKA/Culinary Olympics 2020 international dishes at the highest level.

IKA_20_P_007: Christian Schmit (moderator) leads the audience through the press conference.

IKA_20_P_008: Culinary expertise meets top athletes: Daniel Schade (VKD Vice President), Eva-Maria Rühle (Vice Chairperson of the hotel and restaurant association DEHOGA Baden-Württemberg e.V.), Fabian Hambüchen (former gymnast and Olympic champion in 2016 on the high bar), Tabea Alt (internationally recognised gymnast and Ulrich Kromer von Baerle (President of Messe Stuttgart) (f.l.t.r.).

IKA_20_P_009: Special guests Tabea Alt (internationally recognised gymnast) and Fabian Hambüchen (former gymnast and Olympic champion in 2016 on the high bar) with the German national team of chefs, Eva-Maria Rühle (Vice Chairperson of the hotel and restaurant association DEHOGA Baden-Württemberg e.V.) (1st row, 2nd from left) and Ulrich Kromer von Baerle (President of Messe Stuttgart) (right rear).

IKA_20_P_010: The German national teams of chefs are already looking forward to the IKA/Culinary Olympics next year within the framework of INTERGASTRA 2020.

IKA_20_P_011: Peter Hauk (Minister for Rural Affairs, Food and Consumer Protection of the state of Baden-Württemberg) took part in the draw for the competition days for the 25th IKA/Culinary Olympics.

IKA_20_P_012: Under the direction of Christian Schmit (moderator, right), Tabea Alt (internationally recognised gymnast) and Fabian Hambüchen (former gymnast and Olympic champion in 2016 on the high bar) drew the competition days for the IKA/Culinary Olympics 2020.

IKA_20_P_013: Highly anticipated: The draw for the competition days with Fabian Hambüchen (former gymnast and Olympic champion in 2016 on the high bar) and Tabea Alt (internationally recognised gymnast), as well as Christian Schmit (moderator) and Daniel Schade (VKD Vice President) (f.r.t.l.).

IKA_20_P_014: The national teams of chefs now have exactly twelve months to prepare for the competition.

IKA_20_P_015: The national teams from Japan, Canada, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland and the USA came to Stuttgart for the draw.

IKA_20_P_016: World-class standard twelve months before the competition: The German national teams of chefs give a taster of what can be expected at the IKA/Culinary Olympics 2020 with their creations.

IKA_20_P_017: The appetizers, prepared by the German national teams of chefs, proved very popular.


About INTERGASTRA
INTERGASTRA in Stuttgart is the leading trade fair for the hotel and gastronomy business. Over 1400 national and international exhibitors presented their wide range of offers in the areas of kitchen systems, food, ambience and equipment for hotels and gastronomy, services, beverages and coffee at INTERGASTRA 2018. Around 100,000 visitors from more than 70 countries came to obtain information about the latest products and trends on an area of 115,000 square metres. INTERGASTRA regularly takes place at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre in combination with GELATISSIMO, the largest trade fair for the artisanal production of gelato north of the Alps.

From 15 - 19 February 2020, INTERGASTRA will start the Olympic year in accordance with the Olympic motto #takingpartiseverything, and, with the IKA/Culinary Olympics, the oldest and biggest international cookery exhibition, will celebrate a fantastic premiere at the highest level.Around 2,000 chefs and patissiers from all over the world will then compete against each other, setting the culinary trends of tomorrow with their cooking right at the heart of Baden-Württemberg.


About the IKA/Culinary Olympics
The IKA/Culinary Olympics, the oldest and largest international culinary exhibition, will be taking place for the first time as part of INTERGASTRA 2020 in Stuttgart. Around 2,000 chefs and pastry cooks from more than 60 countries will compete against one another, showcasing their culinary creations. In fair competition, for over 100 years new culinary trends have originated in this way. This will be the 25th time that the German Chefs' Association has organised this international event.


About the German Chefs' Association
The German Chefs' Association (Verband der Köche Deutschlands e. V.), as sponsor of the IKA/Culinary Olympics, is organising the competition. With around 9,000 members, the German Chefs' Association is the largest association of chefs in Germany. This community is the basis for the professional development of its members and for the future of the profession. The German Chefs' Association shares a passion for cooking and all things associated with a culinary career. It is a point of contact for all culinary-related topics and supports its members in all professional aspects. 

 

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