European Young Chef Award 2016

Young Chef Award

The Young Chef Award 2020 has been postponed to 2021

The Young Chef Award is a competition organised and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) in collaboration with culinary arts institutes in the Regions of Gastronomy.

It includes a competition between finalists of regional contests from around Europe, judged by star chefs and international experts.

EYCA 2019_IGCAT Website

The aims of the Award are to:

Promote innovations on traditional cuisine
Local food cultures are an important source of innovation. Traditions developed over centuries form the vital ‘DNA’ of food cultures and regional gastronomy as well as local knowledge is, therefore, an important potential source of innovative products and experiences.

Highlight sustainable food cultures
Sustainable local, regional and global food systems are important for all our futures. The Young Chef Award, therefore, aims to stimulate debate about sustainable food and gastronomy practices, production and consumption.

Create future ambassadors for local food products
Local food products are often unique to the territory from which they come. Likewise, regional culture creates a distinction that underlines the added value of local products. By giving visibility to emerging chefs that support local products, it is hoped to contribute to a more sustainable and better quality of food experiences.

 The Ambassador

Joan Roca

“I congratulate this initiative that highlights the richness and diversity of European gastronomy, at the same time as valuing chefs for their role in ecology and sustainability.”

Open Calls

Currently, there are no open calls for the European Young Chef Award.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the European Young Chef Award 2020 has been postponed to 2021 (dates to be confirmed) and will be held in Minho, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2016.

Open to full-time culinary arts students or culinary graduates who have completed a culinary arts programme in the past year from an awarded or candidate Regions of Gastronomy, aged between 18-26 years.

The European Young Chef Award is open to all both male and female chefs and regions are asked to encourage applications from female chefs.

The candidate must be selected and approved by a regional partner stakeholder group, preferably in collaboration with an institution that has held a local competition.


Individual kitchens will be provided for up to 15 European finalists to work in and hotel accommodation will be available nearby the competition venue for regional finalists and accompanying persons.

European Young Chef Award 2020 Brochure  (including the competition rules)


Contact Us

To submit an application and for more information:

To discover more about the competition, please visit the dedicated website!

The European Young Chef Award 2021 is organised by IGCAT and hosted by

Camara Municipal Viana do Castelo                Minho European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2016

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