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International Salon Culinaire at Hotelympia is the UK's largest and most prestigious chef competition programme, and will incorporate over 80 classes over the course of four days. There are four categories of competition that will showcase the impressive skills and talent within the industry.


If you have any further questions regarding Salon Culinaire please contact Cora Strachan or call +44 (0) 20 7886 3074 alternatively you may contact Nadine Close, Salon Administrator or call +44 (0) 20 7886 3137

  • To download and view a copy of the full International Salon Culinaire 2016 schedule please click here
  • Anyone wishing to enter International Salon Culinaire, should complete their entry online by clicking here
  • To view further information in the Competitor Zone on all of the classes, please click here

Hotelympia's Chef Director Steve Munkley gives you a unique insight into Salon Culinaire, how to get involved in the competitions and what you can expect at Hotelympia 2016 in the video below...

Salon Display
A stunning display of hand-crafted exhibits that will include work in sugar, chocolate, pastillage and fat ,as well as vibrant buffets, platters and restaurant plates, that showcase the incredible skills within the industry.

Headline sponsor
Compass Group UK

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Skills Theatre
A  programme of classes for chefs at the start of their career (apprentices, students and those new to competitions), which will enable them to hone and demonstrate the skills that will be vital to their career such as fish filleting, butchery, knife skills, preparing classical sauce etc, plus the Skills Theatre will also include some service competitions that will challenge front of house staff.

Headline sponsor 
Le Cordon Bleu London


Sponsored by 
World Skills UK Competitions 


La Parade des Chefs
Two teams of chefs will compete each day in state of the art kitchens, to produce a three course lunch for show attendees for up to 100 covers. Show attendees will be able to view the chef teams at work through glass panels, plus will be able to reserve a table for lunch at a cost of £35.00 per person (which includes a £1 donation each to Hospitality Action and Just A Drop charity). In addition, there will be a special evening service on Monday February 29th prepared by two inspirational teams from the Culinary Ability Awards, this is a fantastic organisation who work with industry personnel with a degree of disability to raise awareness and demonstrate the huge contribution that these amazing individuals can make to the  workplace. Places will be available for £25.00 with all ticket sales going to the Culinary Ability Awards.



Live Theatre
A fast paced series of hot live classes, in which chefs will compete in a variety of competitions from preparing a three course menu, to putting a new twist on classic ingredients, creating a show-stopping dessert or racing against the clock to producing a contemporary pasta dish , plus many more …

Live theatre

Thank you to the following companies who have provided equipment and products for Salon Culinaire.

Live Theatre
Equipment supplied by Falcon and Williams falcon 
La Parade des Chefs
Kitchens from MKN and Hobart Cooking Solutions   mkn  bonnet
Refrigeration from Gram and Foster 
Warewashing from Hobart 
Table Ware from Steelite and Churchill
Water from Ecopure 
Coffee Partner – Rombouts Coffee
Skills Theatre

Equipment supplied by Gram and 

Induction hobs provided by Induced Energy

Additional Items
Judges Chef Jackets  from CCS 
Hygiene Products from Ecolab 
Commemorative Plates from Steelite 
Disposables from Wrapex 
Media Partner  
The Staff Canteen   h
Equipment for Salon Office