Sustainability in hospitality – the theme for Young Chef Olympiad 2020

Kitchen CUT is thrilled to be a part of the Young Chef Olympiad competition for a third year!  With a shared commitment to sustainability in hospitality, allergen management and the education of young chefs, it’s the perfect partnership.

This week, Kitchen CUT Co-Founder and Michelin Starred chef, John Wood has returned to India for the sixth International Young Chef Olympiad. John will be reprising his position as Senior Judge for a third year. Meanwhile, Kitchen CUT’s leading edge F&B Management software has been helping competitors to score vital extra points.

What is the Young Chef Olympiad?

Organised by International Hospitality Council (IHC) in partnership with the International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), YCO2020 is the world’s biggest culinary competition. The contest will span five cities in India: Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune and Goa, from 28 January to 2 February.

Over 50 young chefs will be competing in the event. Over the course of six days the brightest and most promising culinary talent from across the globe will be given a chance to shine.  

Kitchen CUT, a tool for success

Competitors have had the opportunity to use Kitchen CUT software in the run up to the competition, to score additional points.  Before leaving for India, all contestants were required to provide full details of their recipes with allergen and nutritional information. Recipes and sub recipes created in Kitchen CUT automatically display this information. Competitors were therefore able to complete this element of the competition quickly and simply. Recipe specification sheets were then provided in printed format for the judges.

John Wood on YCO and sustainability in hospitality…

John Wood has working in the industry for over 35 years. Encouraging new talent and giving something back to the industry is something that he strongly believes in. The decision to become involved as a judge for the event was an easy one:

“I am a huge advocate of developing the chefs of tomorrow and nurturing them to improve skill levels in the hospitality industry. YCO is a unique, global platform that allows young chefs the incredible opportunity to come together, gain experience and learn.”

“This year’s theme, sustainability in hospitality, is something that I’m very passionate about.  Encouraging students to learn about the reasons behind sustainability as well as the means of achieving it is a necessity, not only for the hospitality industry of the future, but also for the survival of the planet.”

“As Co-Founder of Kitchen CUT, I’m incredibly proud that the system was used by over 90% of competitors this year. Competitors used Kitchen CUT to create recipes, report nutritional information and track allergens.  The industry is increasingly concerned about the impact of allergen mismanagement. I am dedicated to showing young chefs that using a robust, automated system to track allergens is the most reliable way to avoid tragedy.”

A word from the YCO Chairman

We asked the organisers of YCO 2020 about John’s involvement and his return to the judging panel. Dr Suborno Bose, Chairman and Chief Mentor of IIHM and chairman of the Young Chef Olympiad 2020 Committee explained,

“Chef John Wood has become an integral part of the Young Chef Olympiad family. It’s an honour to have him with us once again at YCO 2020. International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM) and the International Hospitality Council (IHC) are strong believers in technological support and that is why we have introduced Kitchen CUT this year to help us with the technical logistics of the competition.” 

The YCO 2020 Champion trophy and title, is not the only accolade up for grabs. The participants will be competing for a total of 25 awards including the Rising Star, Best Ambassador, Sustainability Award, Kitchen CUT Award and IHC Foundation Hospitality PR Champion.

We’d like to wish all the participants the very best of luck!


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