The Search Is On For Northern Ireland’s Chef Of The Year

By Robert McHugh
The Search Is On For Northern Ireland’s Chef Of The Year

The search is on to find Northern Ireland’s Chef of the Year, who will be crowned during the Salon Culinaire Belfast, which returns to IFEX this year.

The highly anticipated event will take place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, from 5 to 7 March 2024.

Salon Culinaire Belfast

Expecting more entries than ever before, the Salon Culinaire Belfast is designed to highlight and nurture Northern Ireland’s young chefs and will serve to provide a launchpad for a lucrative career in the hospitality and foodservice industry.

The Northern Ireland Chef of the Year contests will run alongside the new Northern Ireland Inter-College Cook and Serve Challenge, as part of Salon Culinaire Belfast.

‘World’s Top Chefs’

“Northern Ireland is home to some of the world’s top chefs, who are helping to cement the wider hospitality and foodservice industry as a global leader,” said Sean Owens, Salon Culinaire director.


“I’m really looking forward to seeing the immense amount of talent and skills that will be on offer throughout the competitions.”

Edible-Art Competitions

The Northern Ireland Chef of the Year competition is open to chefs working in Ireland and will require participants to devise a three-course menu, with an emphasis on local produce, alongside a plant-based amuse-bouche, to impress a panel of judges.

Also returning to Salon Culinaire Belfast next year are the popular edible-art competitions, wherein competitors will use their imaginations and skills to create visually stunning exhibits from ingredients including chocolate, sugar paste, fondant, and fruit and vegetables.

Open For Entry

“The IFEX Salon Culinaire competitions are suitable for everyone – from students just starting out in their culinary journey to experienced chefs who are making huge waves in the industry,” said director Owens.

The Salon Culinaire competitions are now open for entry.

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