IIHM announces 3rd Edition Young Chef Olympiad 2017

Young Chef Olympiad (YCO) is an international competition for chefs-in-training. There are over 60 countries participating in the upcoming edition. The event will be judged by eminent celebrity chefs from around the world like Ranveer Brar, Abhijit Saha, Shaun Kenworthy and more.

#YoungChefOlympiad 2016 winner was Chef Daniella, Niagara College, Canadian Food and Wine Institute

Mentor – Scott Baechler

60 Countries, 60 Student Chefs are going to participate in this current edition. Who will going to win YCO 2017 title?


~ Over 60 countries expected to participate ~

Bengaluru, 14th December 2016: The Third Edition of Young Chef Olympiad, the largest competition for hospitality students across the world, conceptualized & executed by International Institute of Hotel Management, will be held in India from 28th January 2017. The event is supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Young Chef Olympiad 2017 will be held from 28th January to 2nd February 2017, across Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Kolkata.

YCO was created as a platform for young chefs-in-training from around the world to interact and showcase their talent. The previous two editions saw an increasingly positive response from the international hospitality community.

The third edition currently has over 60 registrations, including prestigious institutes like Le Roches Jin Jang (China), Cardiff & Vale College (Wales) and UCB Birmingham (England). IIHM expects registrations to exceed 60 schools from around the world.

Dr. Suborno Bose, the chief mentor and CEO of IIHM and the IndiSmart Group said, “Humbled to see the World assemble for the occasion. This Platform is for bringing all young chefs from the culinary institutes under common mandate to learn, teach and network and to grow together.”


Since its inception in 2015, Young Chef Olympiad has become one of the awaited competitive events for hospitality students around the world. Conceptualized and hosted by International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), the event was created to provide an international platform for young professional chefs to showcase their talent.

YCO allows young chefs to interact with various cultures and exchange knowledge. It also allows them to represent their country and compete on an international platform, providing a great starting point for their careers.

Young Chef Olympiad 2017 will be held from 28th January to 2nd February 2017, featuring over 60 countries. The event is supported by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India.

Chef Boris Leung from Hong Kong will be the Chief Judge for this edition. The panel of judges also includes eminent names like Chef Andreas Muller from Hong Kong, Chef Udo Leick from Dubai, Chef Kunal Kapur, Chef Ranveer Brar, Chef Abhijit Saha, Chef Manjit Singh Gill, Chef Parvinder Bali, Chef Sabyasachi Gorai, Chef Karen Anand, Chef Ajay Chopra, Chef Shaun Kenworthy among others.

Several top hotels across India and Embassy Officials also take a keen interest in the event, which has become the highlight of the year for the youngsters in the hospitality industry.

YCO 2017 will be held in four phases. The first round will be held in Delhi on 28th January 2017, following the Opening Ceremony at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi.  The second round will be held simultaneously in Bengaluru and Pune, and final round is scheduled in Kolkata.

Competitors will undertake 3 rounds with differing culinary challenges and at the end of which the 10 contestants with the highest aggregate score from all 3 rounds will go through to the Final round.

All rounds will be marked on culinary skills and techniques, adherence to good health and safety and hygiene practice, working methods, minimal waste and best use of ingredients, professional appearance, attitude, dish presentation, taste and flavour.

The competition will feature 2 sets of judges for each round. One set will be marking on the technical and production element and the other set of judges will be marking on the presentation, taste, flavour and culinary knowledge.

The winner will be awarded $10,000 and the prestigious title of winning YCO 2017.


 Sshedule Across 4 Locations


26th, 27th and 28th Jan 2017
Inauguration, 1st Round


29th January, 2017
1st Round


29th January, 2017
1st Round


29th – 1st Feb, 2017
2nd Round and Finals

Round 1: Delhi

Time Allowed: 90 Minutes

Theme: Following recipe and displaying basic skills

Dishes to prepare:

  1. A) 4 portions of a classical chicken dish according to a recipe provided and that should be appropriate for fine dining service and
  1. B) 2 Omelet’s appropriate for a fine dining a la carte breakfast

Round 2: Bengaluru & Pune

Time allowed: 90 minutes

Theme: Creativity and innovation

Dish to prepare: 4 Main Course portions of a Vegetarian dish produced from a basket of ingredients. Not all the ingredients have to be used except for the mystery ingredient that will be announced to the contestants 24 hours before the start of Round 2. There will be a different mystery ingredient for each competing group. The chosen recipe can reflect the contestant’s cuisine and culture and it must be appropriate for service in a brasserie or bistro restaurant.

 Round 3: Kolkata

Time allowed: 90 minutes

Theme: Following a traditional recipe and displaying creativity and innovation

Dishes to prepare:

  1. A) 4 individual portions of a classical Pudding dish based on a given recipe
  1. B) 4 individual portions of a dessert prepared from a basket of specified ingredients and that is appropriate for service in a fine dining restaurant

The 10 highest aggregated scores from Rounds 1, 2 and 3 will go through to the Final of the Olympiad.

Final Round: Kolkata

Time allowed: 2 Hours

Theme: A test in Creativity, Innovation, Skills and Professional Good Practice

Dishes to prepare:

  1. A) 4 portions of 4 individual Tapas dishes as a selection of Appetizers
  1. B) 4 portions of a Fish dish as a Main Course

Checkout the Facebook Page of YCO here – https://www.facebook.com/ycolympiad/

Checkout the Website of YCO here – http://www.ycolympiad.com/




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