Open Call! European Young Chef Award 2018
The third edition of the European Young Chef Award will be hosted by the Galway International Hotel School, GMIT  on 25 – 26 November 2017.
Galway, West of Ireland is European Region of Gastronomy Awarded 2018 and the region belonging to the European Young Chef 2017 edition winner, Aisling Rock.
The competition will see finalists coming from awarded and candidate European Regions of Gastronomy competing inside the kitchens of GMIT for the coveted title by innovating on a traditional recipe using raw material coming from their native regions. The innovative recipes will be presented in front of a Jury panel of experts in different fields.
The Award aims to enhance local products as the vital DNA characterizing each region while contributing to raising awareness of healthy eating and sustainable food systems. It considers tradition as the basis on which it is possible to innovate to keep regional identities alive. Furthermore, there is an emphasis on promoting food as a powerful tool able to re-connect rural and urban environments and find smart solutions in regard to regional development through food production and sustainable hospitality industries.

Finally, it will be a valuable opportunity for young chefs to enhance their career inside a vibrant framework. They will have the occasion to share experiences and knowledge and learning from each other’s regional cooking traditions and the Award will give them the chance to sign a protocol to be IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors.

To find more about this exciting competition download the brochure and visit the dedicated website!


IGCAT is a non-profit organisation working in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. Through its worldwide network of experts, IGCAT aims to empower local communities supporting local leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. It is furthermore the official secretariat for the Region of Gastronomy Platform and provides the European Region of Gastronomy Award, the European Young Chef Award and the Local Food Gift Project.

About the European Region of Gastronomy

The European Region of Gastronomy Platform aims to contribute to better quality of life in European regions, by highlighting distinctive food cultures, educating for better health and sustainability and stimulating gastronomic innovation. Candidate regions are invited to join a knowledge-exchange platform of European regions in order to further cross-border collaborations and develop shared initiatives.

About GMIT

The Galway International Hotel School is located within the campus of Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. GMIT has the largest Culinary & Hotel School on the West coast of Ireland and is situated in one of the most culturally vibrant cities in Ireland.