10 Facts on YCO

What’s a better way to let young and aspiring chefs showcase their talent than to compete with other young chefs from around the world? Well, Young Chef Olympiad (YCO), organised by International Institute of Hotel Management (IIHM), is just about that!

Here are 10 interesting facts about YCO:

Fact 1.
YCO is the biggest culinary Olympiad on planet Earth!

Fact 2.
The first season of YCO was hosted in Kolkata in 2015. The event received immense support from the Ministry of Tourism (India).

Fact 3.
The opening ceremony of the first season of YCO was held at City Centre, Salt Lake, Kolkata.

Fact 4.
The countries participating in the first season of YCO were the UK, the United States of America, Switzerland, France, Spain, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, China, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Myanmar, Thailand, and Malaysia.

Fact 5.
The winner of the first season was from Malaysia; the 1st runner-up was from Spain and the 2nd runner-up was from the UK.

Fact 6.
The second season of YCO was held across four cities including Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, and Bangalore in 2016. The event saw participation from 50 countries across the world.

Fact 7.
YCO 2016 was supported by Ministry of Tourism and the opening ceremony was held at the Talkatora Stadium on Delhi. Chef Sanjeev Kapoor was the principal judge and mentor in YCO season 2. Other panel members included eminent chefs namely Chef Kunal Kapur, Chef Udo Leick, Chef Andreas Muller, Chef Manjit Singh Gill, Chef Karen Anand, Chef Abhijit Saha, and Chef Shaun Kenworthy.

Fact 8.
The winner of YCO season 2 was Daniella Garmond from Canada who was awarded a trophy and a cash prize of $10,000.

Fact 9.
The 3rd season of YCO (which again received immense support from the Ministry of Tourism, India) was held in Kolkata, Bangalore, Pune, and Delhi in 2017. Over 45 countries from around the world participated in the event. The opening ceremony of season 3 was held at the Talkatora Stadium. The winner of YCO season 3 was Jiajun Mathew from Singapore.

Fact 10.
The 4th season of YCO was launched in London on 9 November 2017. The event was supported by the Ministry of Tourism (India), and the Government of India.

IIHM apart from organising YCO, also hosts India’s biggest competition for school students on NDTV Goodtimes named “Young Chef India Schools”. Learn more about IIHM at http://iihm.ac.in/about/.

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