The European 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 institutions in the Regions of Gastronomy.

Organised as a two-day event, the European Young Chef Award gathers finalists of regional contests from around Europe to present and exchange knowledge about traditional dishes and local food products from their regions and then compete proposing their innovative reinterpretation of traditional recipes, judged by star chefs and international experts.

The Award aims to:

  • Promote innovations on traditional cuisine
  • Highlight sustainable food cultures
  • Create future chef ambassadors for the regions and local food products


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

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

Camara Municipal Viana do Castelo                   Minho_European Region of Gastronomy 2016