Throwback #IKA2020 Photo: IKA/Culinary Olympics

The IKA/Culinary Olympics 2020 was exactly one year ago. Now we look back to unforgettable moments and thank those partners who made this unique cooking event possible.

Throwback – one year later

From 13 to 19 February 2021, we will look back to the #IKA2020. You can find impressions in this post, which we will update daily, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.


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Photo gallery  of the IKA Partners at the end of this post.

19 February 2020

Euphoria made the magic happen

The day of all days: For the big awarding ceremony, everyone met and celebrated in the atrium of Messe Stuttgart. The partners participated and were united on the banners around the stage. In addition to the three Exclusive Partners MKN, RAK and Metro, everyone gathered on February 19 to celebrate the 25th IKA/Culinary Olympics. A big thank you goes out to everyone who was there and made the event possible.

See you in 2024.

18 February 2020

Photo: IKA/Culinary Olympics

Several partners, one success

Whether participant, judge or visitor: At the IKA/Culinary Olympics, everyone was well supplied at all times: In the cooking boxes, the teams worked – among others –with equipment from Bohner. Unilever products were used behind the scenes and beverages from Teinacher, J. J. Darboven and Stuttgarter Hofbräu were served in the Restaurant of Nations.

17 February 2020

Take a walk around

Anyone who looked around at the IKA/Culinary Olympics could not only experience great culinary performances and teamwork at its best: In total, 31 strong partners were on site and showed a terrific team effort – for the benefit of the competition.

16 February 2020

Connected with the chefs

Taking part was not only everything at the IKA/Culinary Olympics, but also the expression of a shared passion. As far as technology is concerned, IKA partners such as Blanco and Cool Compact showed which equipment and solutions they offer for professional kitchens.

Andreas Lindauer, Managing Director of Cool Compact. Photo: Cool Compact
Andreas Lindauer, Managing Director of Cool Compact. Photo: Cool Compact

“We are still excited when we think of this great event in February 2020. The IKA/Culinary Olympics not only produces culinary delights that are second to none, but also connects people from all parts of the world,” said Andreas Lindauer, Managing Director of Cool Compact. “We are very proud that we were able to contribute to the success of the event with our blast chillers. By supporting this fantastic competition, Cool Compact shows its commitment to the industry, because we need young and creative people in the kitchens of this world. Next time, we will be there as a partner as well.”

15 February 2020

Photo: IKA/Culinary Olympics

Team Support at all times

Those who competed in the IKA/Culinary Olympics did not only have their own culinary achievements in mind: The equipment of the kitchens, the equipment on site and the provision of all food & co. were of great importance. Whether cooking modules by MKN or AMT cookware: The teams from all over the world could rely on the competence of the IKA partners in Stuttgart.

Supplier for every need

In the total of 22 competition kitchens, all necessary equipment, small and large, was ready for use and the supply of goods was also taken care of at all times. Whether moving into the respective cooking box, during the hot phase or shortly before serving: Everything was ready for the Olympic cooking and the individual companies worked hand in hand to create the best conditions.

14 February 2020

Rak Porträt
Sven Bodry, Director Sales & Marketing at RAK Porcelain Europe. Photo: RAK

Exactly a year ago today, the teams opened the 25th IKA/Culinary Olympics with the parade of the nations. A very special moment. As Sven Bodry, Director Sales & Marketing at RAK Porcelain Europe, states: “In the past year I have looked at the countless videos and photos of the IKA and I still get goose bumps when I watch the parade of nations or the chefs in action with heroic background music,” he says. “The participants prepare for the Culinary Olympics years in advance to achieve the best result on day X, whether in individual competitions or in a team. For us as a partner of this mega event, it is an honor to be here on the one hand and to learn new things on the other” At the same time as the IKA, the Intergastra, leading trade fair for the hotel and catering industry, was opened. Close cooperation between Messe Stuttgart and the German Chefs Association, the organizer of the IKA, was the be-all and end-all. Find more impressions from the parade of the nations in the clip above.

13 February 2020

Aufbau Ika 6
Photo: IKA/Culinary Olymlpics

In just a few days, more than twenty professional kitchens were built in an empty exhibition hall. Good organization and cooperation between all partners was essential for this. “22 competition kitchens with extremely ambitious timing!,” Jürgen Gärtner, Director of Business Development & Consulting at Edgar Fuchs GmbH, remembers the construction of the cooking boxes. “But what a wonderful, inspiring IKA/Culinary Olympics 2020!”. And the timing worked out too, so that on the four competition days, the teams could delight guests and jury with their menus from the pop-up kitchens.

More impressions by Edgar Fuchs GmbH


Photo gallery of the IKA Partners

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