The Culinary Olympics, officially known by its German name, “Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung” or “IKA”, brings together the best chefs in the world to compete. The competition dates back to 1900 and, like the regular athletic Olympics, is held every four years. Not only does the competition include both hot and cold food but it also features fruit and vegetable carving.
Last year’s event was held October 5-10 in Erfurt, Germany and resulted in some stunning culinary creations. Over 1,800 chefs from 54 countries competed with Sweden winning gold, Norway silver and Germany bronze. Rounding out the top ten were Canada, Switzerland, USA, Finland, Netherlands, Australia and Japan.
We’ve found a few photos of the wonderful fruit and vegetable carvings at the Culinary Olympics.
Sri Lankan Chef Takes Second Place at 2012 Culinary Olympics
Chef Prageeth Kumara from Sri Lanka took home a silver medal and merits for his vegetable carving display.
Third Place Fruit Carving Goes to India at Culinary Olympics
Umasankar Dhanapal, the only representative from India at the 2012 Culinary Olympics, won the bronze medal for his fruit and vegetable carvings.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2012 Culinary Olympics!
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