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2016 Culinary Olympics (IKA) in Erfurt Germany

The 2016 Culinary Olympics (also known as the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung or IKA) will be taking place Oct 22nd to Oct 25th. Every 4 years, since 1896, chefs from around the world get together in Erfurt Germany to demonstrate some of the best and most beautiful cuisine.

Happy prize winning chefs at the 2012 Culinary Olympics

Happy prize winning chefs at the 2012 Culinary Olympics

Forty national teams, twenty military teams, dozens of regional and private teams and over 2,000 individuals will be competing.  Medals will be awarded for individual and team competitions in virtually every aspect of gastronomy including hot and cold cuisine, patisserie, baking, gelato and decorative food art including vegetable and fruit carving.

Michelle with her first and second place creations at the 2012 Culinary Olympics.

Michelle with her first and second place creations at the 2012 Culinary Olympics.

You can participate as a competitor or as a spectator. Over fifty thousand visitors, mostly chefs and restaurateurs, are expected to watch the events and attend the several major trade shows.

If you want to join the challenge of competing, there is a division for fruit and vegetable displays carved in advance as well as a live carving competition. To see all of the competition rules and regulations on the entry forms look to the links below.

Another image of the third place carving display.

This wonderful carving was part of the third place carving display by Umasankar in 2012.

Maybe you’ll want to plan a vacation around this fabulous event. Whether you attend as a team or individual competitor or as a spectator, the 2016 Culinary Olympics promises to be very rewarding. You see gorgeous and tasty cuisine of all kinds, meet people who share your passion for culinary art, and learn some tricks of the trade just by observing and meeting the competitors. If you decide to compete, you’re sure to “up your game” in preparation for the event.

One of the types of pretty plates that you can expect to see at the 2016 Culinary Olympics

One of the types of pretty plates that you can expect to see at the 2016 Culinary Olympics

Helpful Info and Links for the 2016 Culinary Olympics (IKA)

Dates – IKA / Culinary Olympics dates – 22-25 October 2016, Erfurt

Main Website for the 2016 International Culinary Olympics

Click the following link to see the rules and regulations for:

Live Vegetable and Fruits Carving – Individual

Culinary Artistry D1 and D2 – Individual – which includes fruit and vegetable carving displays carved in advance.

Registration Deadline for Individual Competitions – July 31, 2016

To buy tickets

Tickets go on sale Jan 22nd, 2016. Click here to get your tickets.

More Photos from 2012 Culinary Olympics (IKA)

Take a look at some of our past blog posts related to the Culinary Olympics.
The Best of the Culinary Olympics – includes sugar art, chocolate sculpture and more
Some Winning Fruit Carving Photos from 2012 Culinary Olympics
Truly Remarkable Sugar Art – See close ups of amazing cakes portraits of Queen Elizabeth and her corgi.

Other Questions?

Please direct any questions that you might have to the event organizers at the Main Website.

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