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The path to culinary Olympic glory

Our commercial cookery graduates and lecturers head off to Stuttgart in Germany this week to compete in the IKA/Culinary Olympics. 

  • The IKA/Culinary Olympics is the largest, oldest and most colourful international exhibition of culinary arts. Professional chefs from all over the world – whether young chefs or master chefs – compete against one another in a fair team competition. 
  • For the last three-and-a-half years, four of our graduates and three lecturers have been training hard in our Joondalup kitchens in preparation for the competition.  
  • 2,000 chefs, teams from 59 countries, 7,000 cooked menus and 28,000 visitors from all over the world will take part in the 2020 culinary competitions.  

The teams will be required to prepare meals following a two-part program: IKA Buffet for 12 people and Restaurant of Nations, a three-course menu for 60 people. The menus will be sold to the visitors in the Restaurant of Nations and served at the table. Culinary_Olympics_2020-Girls.jpg

NMTAFE Director of Culinary Arts, Patrick O’Brien, will accompany the team to Germany as Team Manager.  “It has been a pleasure to watch and be part of these students’ journey. They are an outstanding example of what you can achieve through hard work and dedication,” he said.   

NMTAFE graduate Harrison Joyce has dreamt about being part of the team since he began his apprenticeship in 2016.  “Going to Germany to compete in the Culinary Olympics for Australia and win would be a dream come true,” said Harrison.   

For the first time in the history of this 100-year old event, two young Aboriginal women from the Kimberley, Shaleeka Ozies (Shay-Shay) and Rishaye Shaw, have been selected to accompany the national youth team.  Both students have been part of Follow the Dream, which provides educational support and opportunities for Indigenous students to achieve their goal.  

Shay-Shay will be commencing her Commercial Cookery course here at NMTAFE following her trip to Germany. 

We wish our lecturers and students the best of luck! 

Find out more about our Cookery courses.  

Page last updated May 04, 2020