For just the second time in the 43-year history of La Chaine des Rotisseurs International Young Chefs Competition, Canada has been selected as the host country. On September 20, 2019, Calgary’s culinary campus at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in the School of Hospitality and Tourism will be host to the storied competition.
Since its inception in 1977, the International Young Chefs Competition has provided young competitors with week-long educational culinary experiences, as well as the opportunity to demonstrate their talents and creativity in an international arena.
The young chefs who have been selected through competitions held in their respective countries will face off in a “black box” challenge in front of a panel of 12 internationally certified chefs, who will judge the competition and award marks for taste, presentation, originality, and technique.
Contestants will be given four hours to compose a three-course menu using at least 50 per cent of the black box ingredients. Last year’s competition featured ingredients such as blue crab, porcini mushrooms, tofu, and cream cheese.
SAIT, whose status as the only Canadian institution to be named in the Top 50 of Hospitality and Hotel Management schools in the world, will have an unprecedented opportunity to showcase its culinary campus to the global culinary community. Its 10,000-square-foot facility should be a perfect setting to accommodate the roughly 20 international competitors travelling from all over the world.
SAIT will also host the Canadian National Jeunes Chefs competition on September 21.