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.
Stuttgart/Frankfurt am Main, 16 May 2023 – 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.”
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.
Livestream und 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 www.culinary-olympics.com/ika-tv 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.
IKA 2024 at a glance
26th IKA/Culinary Olympics
2 to 7 February 2024
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
The German Chefs Association (VKD) is the organizer of the IKA/Culinary Olympics and hosts the competition. Messe Stuttgart is the organizer of the fair Intergastra and handles all matters of organization and infrastructure as part of the event. The Dehoga Baden-Wuerttemberg supports the organization of the training kitchens and accommodation of the competitors.
Cooking talents with a special passion for competition will meet at the IKA. The great culinary showdown is divided into these categories:
- National Teams
- Junior National Teams
- Regional Teams
- Community Catering Teams
- Individual Exhibitors and Live Carvers
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