IFEX prepares new skills competition for TEC Belfast

The Culinary Show has launched a new Chefskills competition calendar for IFEX 2022, Northern Ireland’s longest running foodservice and hospitality trade show, taking place at the Titanic Exhibition Center in Belfast from 29-31 March 2022.

Playing its part in helping rising stars in the industry and talented professionals compete in the kitchen, the Salon Culinaire has always been at the heart of IFEX and plays a key role in creating the electric atmosphere of the Northern Ireland’s largest catering and hospitality event.

As Northern Ireland’s largest and most prestigious chef competition programme, attracting chefs from all sectors of industry and all levels of experience, the Culinary Show raises the bar in terms of culinary excellence in Northern Ireland, with a program comprising over 30 categories over the three days of show.

At its heart is the ChefSkills Live Theatre, much anticipated as the venue where Northern Ireland’s ‘best’ cooks are officially recognised, with previous winners such as Michael Deane, Chris Bell and Roisin Gavin to name a few. -ones.

ChefSkills sees an exciting series of back-to-back live competitions, including the hotly contested accolades of IFEX Northern Ireland Chef of the Year and Northern Ireland Junior Chef of the Year, backed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

IFEX Street Food International is back in 2022: ready to sizzle, Street Food International will see teams of guest competitors from catering schools across Northern Ireland produce and serve a range of exciting modern street food style dishes.

Supported by the Ministry of Economy, each team will cook up innovative, high-quality street food dishes ‘al fresco’ to be served to pre-purchased diners during the lunch service at IFEX.

“I am delighted to launch the 2022 Salon Culinaire competition calendar at IFEX,” said Sean Owens, longtime Salon Culinaire Director. “Belfast is taking its rightful place as one of the best Culinary Show programs in the UK and is THE place to celebrate skills within our industry.

“The past few years have been a testing time for our industry, but with the return of IFEX, which celebrates its 25th anniversary, we are confident that our industry is strong and resilient, and we relish the prospects for growth and development. throughout our industry. .

“From student chefs and culinary trainees to renowned industry chefs, we have a program for everyone at IFEX 2022.

“I’m confident we’re going to discover some extraordinarily talented young chefs, and having discovered and nurtured new talent to flourish at IFEX is exactly what the premier event for the food, beverage, retail and hospitality.”

Bigger and better than ever, the IFEX Culinary Show is designed to nurture the talents of the province’s young chefs and it is with the help of show sponsors that the show continues to be such a success, particularly government departments and industry-leading companies and agencies who have supported the event for many years.

Culinary Show 2022 supporters include the Department of Economy, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, Stephens Catering Equipment, Flogas, Budget Energy, Andrew Ingredients, Keenan Seafood and Frylite.

For those hoping to compete, ChefSkills and Edible Art are now open for entries. For more information, visit: www.ifexexhibition.co.uk/salon-culinaire

IFEX 2022 takes place from Tuesday March 29 to March 31 at the Titanic Exhibition Center in Belfast. To find out more about the show, visit www.ifexexhibition.co.uk or @ifexexhibition on social media.

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