Team Canada takes the world stage at Culinary Olympics opening ceremony

The team strikes a patriotic pose on opening ceremony day.

The team strikes a patriotic pose on opening ceremony day.
The team strikes a patriotic pose on opening ceremony day.

Excitement was in the air on October 21 as Junior Culinary Team Canada filed into the Messe Erfurt for the IKA Culinary Olympics opening ceremony.

Smartly outfitted in their crisp white uniforms, the team waved Canadian flags as they proudly walked into the large hall, alongside the national culinary team Canada, to the tune of Guns N Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle.”

The proud moment was years in the making for the junior national team who won the right to represent Canada at this prestigious international event in October 2013 and have invested tens of thousands of hours preparing for the world competition ever since.

The team, comprised of culinary graduates from Niagara College, were among teams from more than 50 countries – and more than 2,000 chefs from around the world – who will compete at the 24th IKA Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany from October 22 to 25.
Their entrance was live streamed via Periscope TV.

Known as the IKA/Culinary Olympics the International Culinary Art Exhibition is the largest international professional competition for chefs, cooks and pastry chefs.

Opening Ceremonies comes one day before the team competes in its first Culinary Olympics competition on October 22 for their edible buffet program (1 p.m. to 10 p.m. German time, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST). Their second and final competition – their three-course luncheon program – will take place on Monday, October 24 (6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. German time, midnight to 8:30 a.m. EST).

Follow the team’s progress

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Send text and video messages of encouragement to Junior Culinary Team Canada via social media using the hashtag #NCtasteforgold, #NCjrCulinaryTeamCA or #myncstory.

View recent updates from Junior Culinary Team Canada in Germany:

Germany Day 4: Success made to measure
Germany Day 3: Recipe for success is in the bag
Germany Day 2: ‘We are here to win’
Germany Day 1: Team Canada is in the HAUS!

View IKA Culinary Olympics press release here: