Gold Glitters for Chefs at HACE´14
Chefs are back on the competition stage, as the Egyptian Chefs
Association concluded a successful round of Live Cooking Competitions
and Salon Culinaire at the 33rd HACE´14 Hotel Supplies´ Exhibition this
The HACE´14 exhibition, organized by the Egyptian Group for Marketing, was officially opened on the 4th of February by H.E. Hisham Zaazou, Egypt´s Minister of Tourism, who made the effort of personally visiting all the booths and expressed his appreciation for everyone´s participation. The Egyptian Group for Marketing kindly hosted the Egyptian Chefs Association´s live cooking competitions and the renowned culinary art show, the National Salon Culinaire´14. Throughout the four days of the trade show, celebrities glittered at the ECA booth, with Chef Gissur Gudmundsson, President of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and Egyptian TV Show Chef Osama El Sayed and Chef Tarek Ibrahim taking the center point of attention.
Spirits were high as Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were bestowed by the discerning international jury panel, who expressed their admiration at the skill level that the chefs have reached. For their part, the chefs were happy that the distinguished judges made the trip to Egypt, flying in from all over the world, including South Africa, Iceland, China, the United Arab Emirates and Jordan in a great show of support for their colleagues in Egypt.
With a total of over 200 participating chefs, the expert judging panel awarded 9 Gold, 9 Silver and 21 Bronze medals at the National Salon Culinaire´14, and a total of 1 Gold, 12 Silver and 26 Bronze medals at the ECA Live Cooking Competitions. In addition there were 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 2 Bronze medals awarded in the ECA Culinary Trophy´14 Team competition. The ECA Culinary Trophy´14 was awarded to the Black Stars team, followed closely by InterContinental Hotels Group Citystars Complex in second place, with only three points´ difference. Semiramis InterContinental came in third at this prestigious culinary challenge. Through the kind donation of many loyal ECA sponsors, the Association was able to distribute a total of 50,000 LE in cash prizes among the winners of the 11 live cooking competitions.
Highlights of this year´s competition program included the many new participants in the Junior Chef of the Year and the Female Chef of the Year competitions, reflecting the trend in the industry which sees more and more juniors, as well as females, joining the kitchen workforce. Another highlight was the Culinary Training Centers Egypt (CTCE) Student Competition, in which students in teams had to prepare foods typical of the Mediterranean Diet and answer several questions in the culinary quiz to test their culinary knowledge in addition to their skills in cooking.
The Egyptian Chefs Association wishes to congratulate all HACE´14 winners and to express its sincere thanks to the Egyptian Group for Marketing for hosting all the ECA competitions. We also wish to thank our loyal sponsors and all who contributed to this year´s successful event for their generous support and a BIG thank you to the judges for joining us in Egypt.
Let us keep up the team spirit, together we can accomplish anything we set our minds to!