Open Call! European Young Chef Award 2018

The 3rd edition of the European Young Chef Award will be held in Galway, West of Ireland – European Region of Gastronomy Awarded 2018 on 25 – 26 Nov 2018.

The competition organized and promoted by IGCAT in collaboration with the Galway International Hotel School, GMIT is open to full-time culinary arts students or culinary graduates (within one year) coming from an awarded or candidate Regions of Gastronomy. Each region will be represented by an aspiring chef who will prepare an innovative version of a regional traditional dish using only products coming from their native regions. The inspirational process bringing from tradition to innovation can be supported by the collaboration of the young chef with a local artist.

The focus is on local animal or plant varieties specific to their region with the aim to support the future survival of these regional products. Young Chefs will cook their final dishes and they will present the recipe to the International Jury panel in order to give the proof of their understanding concerning these local products.

The Award, under the auspices of the competition’s Ambassador and top chef Joan Roca, highlights the richness and diversity of European gastronomy, it enhances local food cultures as important source of innovation  and it is a springboard for Young Chef becoming Regional Young Chef Ambassadors, spreading IGCAT’s message that cultural and food diversity is necessary to ensure sustainable futures for regions.

To find more about this exciting competition download the brochure and visit the Open Call section.


IGCAT is a non-profit organisation established in 2012 working in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. Through its worldwide network of experts, IGCAT aims to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating, and supporting local leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets.

IGCAT 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 Innovative Food Souvenir Award.

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.