IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to protect and promote distinct regional food, culture, arts and natural assets as part of sustainable and balanced tourism and development strategies. This is essential to safeguard our planet, health, wellness and local economies.

IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT provides the European and World Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the World and European Regions of Gastronomy Platforms. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award, the World Food Gift Challenge, the Top Websites for Foodie Travelers Award and the Food Film Menu.

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Winner of the European Young Chef Award 2022 announced!

Winner of the European Young Chef Award 2022 announced!

Pau Sintes Juanico from Menorca, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2022 has been announced today European Young...

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The future ambassadors of regional food and cultural diversity

The future ambassadors of regional food and cultural diversity

Finalists to the European Young Chef Award 2022 officially committed to supporting more environmentally, ethically...

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Activating young talent to build a better future

Activating young talent to build a better future

IGCAT experts and stakeholders in food, education, culture, agriculture, arts, hospitality, tourism and many other...

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Public’s Favourites of the Food Film Menu 2022 revealed

Public’s Favourites of the Food Film Menu 2022 revealed

The short films Welcome to the Farm – Les Cabres d’en Peyu from Catalonia, European Region of Gastronomy awarded...

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Hauts-de-France: 2023 is just the beginning!

Hauts-de-France: 2023 is just the beginning!

The first French region to receive this important accolade, Hauts-de-France was officially handed the European...

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Engaging young minds for a sustainable future

Engaging young minds for a sustainable future

IGCAT believes that enabling young people to contribute to different policy areas is an asset for sustainability and...

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Category winners of the Food Film Menu 2022 announced!

Category winners of the Food Film Menu 2022 announced!

A mouth-watering journey across the colours and flavours of awarded, candidate and nominated World/European Regions...

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The challenge of remote working in tourism webinar

The challenge of remote working in tourism webinar

The Erasmus+ project ON-IT – Online Internship in Tourism in which IGCAT is a consortium partner, will organise a...

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Aseer 2024 is the first World Region of Gastronomy

Aseer 2024 is the first World Region of Gastronomy

The Aseer region (Saudi Arabia) has been officially awarded the title of World Region of Gastronomy 2024 by the...

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International support for IGCAT’s Food Film Menu increases

International support for IGCAT’s Food Film Menu increases

IGCAT’s Food Film Menu gained further international support upon signing a new collaboration agreement with the NNLE...

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