Though September is often associated with new beginnings, it can also be a time for seeing some things come to an end.
Sadly, this is the case for this year’s group of participants in the ICEX Training of Young Professionals in Spanish Gastronomy program, who will soon be saying farewell to nine months of gastronomic experiences in Spain.
|One of the participants in the 2011 ICEX Cooking Competition.|
Fortunately, however, as with all good send-offs, this international group of chefs will be going out with a bang, in the form of the fifth annual ICEX “Flavors of Spain” International Cooking Competition.
Held on September 18, 2012 in the Escuela Superior de Hostelería y Turismo de Madrid (Madrid Hospitality School), this cooking challenge marks the final stage of the scholarship program that began with an intensive introduction to Spanish language, culture and gastronomy; followed by internships in the kitchens of some of Spain’s most renowned restaurants.
|Ivan Berezutskiy from Russia was awarded the first prize in 2011.|
After many months of hard work, the moment has finally arrived for these young chefs to demonstrate all they have learned, by each creating a unique dish made from Spanish gastronomic products that reflect the theme of“Flavors of Spain”. This requirement marks a departure from previous years when chefs were provided with a specific list of ingredients that they had to use. Additionally, it is important to note that the preparation costs for each portion cannot exceed eight Euros, and that the chefs must also present a short written description (in Spanish!) of their experience in this program to the press and members of the jury.
The winner will receive a trip for two to the Cava Week celebration in Sant Sadurní d’Anoia this fall.
More to come on this exciting competition and good luck to everyone!
Text: Adrienne Smith. Correspondent for ICEX’s Foods From Spain.