* To commence on January 31st in Bangalore/Hyderabad.
IIHM YOUNG CHEF OLYMPIAD 2023 (YCO 2023) is a unique competitive event being held for the ninth time since its inception in 2015, with around 60 countries participating this time. Held under the auspices of the International Hospitality Council, UK, the competition is organized by IIHM, a part of the Indismart Group which is a large conglomerate that operates the IndiSmart Hotels and offers a wide range of services in the field of Hospitality Management Education Training and Consultancy in India and South East Asia.
IIHM has announced the schedule of YCO 2023, which is as follows:
29th January 2023 – IIHM-YCO Global Congress on Sustainability in Hospitality and Tourism at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi
29th January 2023 – Opening Ceremony at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi
30th January 2023 – Round 1 at IIHM Delhi Campus for Group A and B
31st January 2023 – Round 1 for Groups C- F at IIHM Goa, IIHM Bangalore, IIHM Pune, and IIHM Hyderabad Campuses
1st February 2023 – Announcement of Qualifiers for the Grand Finale, Plate Trophy, and YCO Dr. Suborno Bose Challenge; International United World of Chefs at IIHM Kolkata Global Campus
2nd February 2023 – YCO Dr Suborno Bose Challenge competition at IIHM Global Campus Kolkata
3rd February 2023 – Grand Finale at IIHM Global Campus Kolkata
3rd February 2023 – Plate Trophy Finale at IIHM Global Campus Kolkata
4th February 2023 – Awards Nite and Closing Ceremony at Nicco Park Complex, Salt Lake City, Kolkata
After being held in a virtual format for the last two editions, the International Young Chef Olympiad is back in its physical format this time. The 9th YCO is being held between Sunday, 29th January, and Saturday, 4th February 2023 in five cities across India. The Grand Opening Ceremony takes place in Delhi on Sunday, 29th January. The First Round of the competition will take place over the next two days with competitors being split into groups and competitions will be held at in either Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, or Goa. Following Round 1, all the competitors and mentors will be travel to the cultural city of Kolkata for the next stage of the Olympiad. The leading 10 competitors from Round 1 will compete in the Grand Finale; the next 10 competitors filling the 11th to 20th positions will compete for the Plate Trophy and the remaining competitors will take part in the Dr. Suborno Bose Challenge. The 9th International Young Chef Olympiad looks all set to be the mega culinary competition and conclave of the year.
Like every other year, the 9th International IIHM Young Chef Olympiad 2023 will constitute a panel of the finest Chef Judges comprising some of the best-known chefs and hospitality stalwarts across the globe. The Chairman of the Grand Jury is the legendary Prof. David Foskett, MBE, and Principal Mentor, Padmashri Chef Sanjeev Kapoor. The Members of the Grand Jury include Chef Andreas Muller, Committee Chairman, Culinary Education, World chefs Culinary Education, Chef Peter Jones, MBE, Chef Gary Maclean, National Chef of Scotland, Chef Chris Galvin- Michelin Starred Chef, Chef Sarah Hartnett, renowned Pâtissier and Chocolatier, Chef Steve Munkley, Chef John Wood - Michelin star Chef, Chef Enzo Oliveri - the Sicilian Chef, Chef Rahul Akerkar, Chef Mario Perera, Executive Chef of The Dorchester London, Chef Dr Parminder Bali of OCLD, Chef Manjunath Mural - Michelin star Chef from Singapore, Chef Russell Bateman, Head Chef of The Falcon, Castle Ashby, and Celebrity Chef Ranveer Brar.
The Grand Finale’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medallists; the Plate Trophy Winner; the YCO Dr Suborno Bose Challenge Winner and all other Award Winners will be announced at the Closing Awards Ceremony on the evening of 4th February 2023. The Gold winner will be awarded a US$ 5,000 prize, the Silver winner will bag US$ 3,000, and the Bronze winner $2,000 respectively.
The mascot of YCO has been unveiled too. This time it is the Tiger Chef, to inspire all the young aspirants to do their very best in the competition.
IIHM (International Institute of Hotel Management) is one of the largest chains of premier hospitality and hotel management schools across India that started its journey in 1994 in Kolkata. IIHM is a part of Indismart Group, the conglomerate that operates Indismart Hotels. IIHM campuses are located across eleven National and International cities with the associate institute IAM-IHM located in Kolkata, and Guwahati. Students passing out of IIHM are armed with an international degree from the University of West London and equipped with global hospitality skills that enable easy placements in any hospitality brand across the world. IIHM is dedicated to its pursuit of excellence in teaching and placements. Real time experience is the key to success in hospitality and that makes the institute popular. In recent years, IIHM has been instrumental in organizing the World’s biggest Culinary Olympiad Young Chef Olympiad, with the participation of over 50 countries, a unique idea, and an initiative inviting young culinary talents across the world. It has MoUs with over 50 countries for student and faculty exchange bringing the best of education to its students from around the World.
The institute has bagged several prestigious awards in the past 29 years. The list includes the Best Education Brand Award from Economic Times consecutively in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. It was also featured in Forbes Magazine as Great Indian Institute and Great Place to Study consecutively in the year 2018 - 2019 and 2019 - 2020. IIHM was also awarded as one among the World's Greatest Brands & Leaders 2015-16 by URS International (IMEA - Process Reviewer PriceWaterhouseCoopers PL) and also received the Best Institute in Hospitality Education 2017 Award by Assocham from Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Hon'ble Minister of State for HRD (Higher Education), Govt. of India.
We are supported by our PAN India Snack Partner, McCain Foodservice and for Bangalore Chapter, our YCO partners are Dollar Equipment, Sula Wines, VRO Hospitality, Novotel, Ritz Carlton, Grand Mercure Gopalan, Nandus Chicken, EATFIT, Bangalore Chamber of Industry and Commerce, SKAL Bangalore and our Tourism Partners are Karnataka, Kerala & TN Tourism.
The YCO Hyderabad Chapter partners are Telangana Tourism, Telangana Chefs Association, HRATS - Hotels & Restaurants Association of Telangana State, SKAL International Hyderabad, Churrolto, Novotel Hyderabad Airport, Hyatt, Gachibowli, Le Meridien Gachibowli, Hyatt Place Banjara Hills, Bloom Hotels, Isthara, Taro & Tiger Lily, Radisson Blu Banjara Hills, Sula, Pernod Ricard, Taj Falaknuma Palace, Simply South Restaurants Maredumilli, Agromech, Cleanse, Andhra Pradesh Tourism
Our International YCO Judges who would be in Bangalore Chapter are Chef Andreas Muller, The Programme Director (International Cuisine) at VTC, Hong Kong with Chef Anupam Gulati, Director of Culinary, Ritz Carlton, and Vijaitha M.R HOD, South region, F&B Production, IIHM, Bangalore as Technical Judges and International judge Chef Sarah Hartnett Pastry Chef & Chocolate Consultant, Creator of Hartnett Artisan Chocolate together with Chef Abhijit Saha, Founder, Managing Director & Principal Consultant, Ace Hospitality as Tasting Judges, and Chef Avijit Ghosh, Director IIPC & Deputy Adjudicator- Bangalore.
Our International YCO Judges who would be in the Hyderabad chapter are Technical Judges Chef Stephen Carter, Executive Chef, Boodles London along with Chef Chalapathi Rao, Managing Partner Simply South Restaurants, Chef Dharmendra Lamba, Executive Assistant Manager - Food & Beverage, Hotel Trident Hyderabad, Chef Mario Perera, Executive Chef, Hotel, The Dorchester London together with Chef Manjunath Mural, Michelin Star Chef, Singapore will be the Tasting Judges.