STUTTGART, Germany — Canadian teams competing at the 2020 IKA Culinary Olympics earlier this month returned home with a number of medals and recognitions.
Held every four years, the international culinary competition took place in Stuttgart, Germany for the first time this year — from February 14 to 19 — alongside the Intergastra and Gelatissimo. Approximately 800 participants, including 110 teams and roughly 800 individual exhibitors, from 67 countries took part in the event.
In the Nation Culinary Teams category, team Norway won the competition and took home the gold medal. Sweden was awarded a gold medal in the Junior National Culinary Teams category.
National Culinary Team Canada received two silver medals and placed eighth overall in the Nation Culinary Teams category.
Culinary Youth Team Canada won two gold medals at the competition, placing fourth overall. The team, formed in the fall of 2017, is comprised of nine young chefs from across Canada who trained for the competition at The Culinary Institute of Canada in P.E.I.
Overall, Canadian teams brought home two gold, four silver and two bronze medals. Culinary Team B.C. and the NAIT Culinary Team competed in the Community Catering and Military Teams categories, ranking ninth and 12th respectively. Agriculture Culinary Team Manitoba (Texman Culinary Team) took home silver in the Regional Teams category. Tina Tang, pastry chef at Predator Ridge Resort and part of Culinary Team B.C., participated as an individual exhibitor in the Pastry Art category, taking home a bronze medal.