Highest praise is in order for the Canadian teams who competed in the 2020 IKA Culinary Olympics in Stuttgart, Germany. Thanks to their Olympian efforts, Canada retains its international reputation as a culinary leader, bringing home numerous medals.
Held every four years, the IKA Culinary Olympics is the oldest, largest and most diverse culinary competition in the world. Canadian chefs were up against 32 other national teams, with around 60 countries represented and 6,000 entries across all categories. Canada had five teams and two individual competitors in attendance for the 2020 Olympics, which took place on Feb. 14-19.
Competing chefs take part on a voluntary basis – which is quite the commitment, considering most teams begin preparations for the event at least two years in advance. In a country as geographically large as Canada, this poses a unique challenge for the national teams, which are composed of chefs from almost every province.
That effort more than paid off, however, with Canada preserving its reputation for culinary excellence with the following final standings: