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England's National Culinary teams triumph at the 26th IKA Culinary Olympics

Updated: Feb 11

The British Culinary Federation is pleased to announce that England’s Senior Team won double Silver medals and the Junior Team, double Bronze medals at what is the largest and most diverse culinary competition in the world in Stuttgart, Germany.

Meanwhile, Culinary Artiste Chris Zammit’s entry was placed first out of 24 countries with his artistic centrepiece on England’s Senior Chefs’ Table.

The competition was an exhilarating display of culinary masters and top teams from around the globe, with more than 1,200 chefs from some 55 nations taking part in this world culinary event. The IKA Culinary Olympics has taken place every four years since 1900. 

The Senior Team was led by Coach, Paul Dickinson, with Captain, Adam Thomason MCA, Restaurant Associates; Ed Marsh, The Manor House, Exclusive Hotels; Tina Severn, Société Générale; Stacey Harris, KMPG; Jonny Smith, Gravetye Manor; Gary Wolfe, Compass UK and Jamie MacDonald, Absolute Taste, supported by other team members including Carla Jones and Steve McGarry.  Team mentor was Ashley Palmer-Watts.

Junior Team members included Rebecca Bourne, Walsall College; Jade Mitchell, Michelin-starred Simpsons; Oliver Grieve, The Wilderness; Sam Young, 2 Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons; Luke Jeffs, IT Food Solutions; Alaghi Jadama, Michelin-starred Christian Tetedois, Lyon, supported by Claudio Zlate and Lewis Thompson, with Team Manager Mathew Shropshall and Richard Taylor, both from University College Birmingham, along with mentors Kristian Curtis from De Banke Group and Elliot Lawn.

BCF President, Peter Griffiths said: “Both teams should be proud of their achievements in what is a tough competition arena.  The hard work and commitment by all has been exceptional.  Sincere thanks to our sponsors: Hobart, The Menu Partners, Goodfellows, Wrapmaster, Major International, Premier Foods, Exclusive Ranges, Savoy Educational Trust, University College Birmingham and Kentaur.  Without them and the support from industry, we would not get the opportunity to compete at this world event, promote our wonderful British produce and relish in our very successful history to date.  Both teams were very proud to represent their country and the British Culinary Federation.”

Special thanks to Direct Seafoods London, Owtons Butchers, Brital Foods, Lake District Dairies and Wearer Tech for their kind support.

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