The Competition Days for the 26th IKA/Culinary Olympics Are Set At the draw in Stuttgart (from left): VKD President Daniel Schade, “fairy of luck“ Denise Eberle, presenter Christian Schmit, IKA Jury President Frank Widmann and “fairy of luck“ Max Müller. Photo: VKD

For the participating teams of the IKA/Culinary Olympics in February 2024, their operating days were determined today. The draw could be followed via worldwide livestream.

In 262 days, the Olympic flame for the culinary arts will once again be lit in Stuttgart. Then chefs from all over the world will compete at the IKA/Culinary Olympics and cook in fair competition for medals. The 26th IKA will take place from 2 to 7 February, for the second time on the grounds of Messe Stuttgart and once again parallel to the Intergastra trade fair. “The Culinary Olympics have been a highlight for the global chefs community for almost 125 years”, says Daniel Schade, President of the German Chefs Association (VKD), IKA’s host.“ Since the IKA 2020, a lot has happened and a lot has changed. But fortunately, some things have stayed the same. In close cooperation with our partners – Messe Stuttgart and Dehoga Baden-Württemberg – we make every effort to offer participants and visitors alike a culinary competition experience of a special kind.” 

The draw was streamed live. Photo: VKD
The draw was streamed live. Photo: VKD

Cooking in international comparison  

Today’s draw of the competition days could be followed by participants and IKA fans via livestream. Here, alongside VKD President Daniel Schade, Cem Özdemir, German Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture, Stefan Lohnert, Managing Director of Landesmesse Stuttgart, and Fritz Engelhardt, Chairman of Dehoga Baden-Württemberg, addressed the viewers as well. In addition to Regional Teams and Individual Exhibitors, teams from around 40 different countries will compete against each other in the National, Junior National and Community Catering categories in various competitions at the upcoming IKA in February. For them, the competition days have now been determined: as of today, it is clear when which team will be in the IKA kitchens and which nations will be cooking on the same day – i. e. in direct comparison. These are the results. 

Overview Competition Days IKA 2024

Media Center: Livestream of the Draw

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Livestream and IKA TV

The livestream of the draw is available on the IKA YouTube channel. In addition: Starting tomorrow, “IKA TV” will begin a sneak preview on with impressions of the past Culinary Olympics, greetings and interviews. Beyond that, some teams of the 26th IKA already introduce themselves. From 2nd February 2024, IKA fans will once again be able to follow the action live on the competition site. It’s worth tuning in. 

The official IKA tableware from Gold Partner RAK Porcelain is now accessible on the IKA website under the button “Info for Teams“.

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