Representing Kuopio, Young Chef Suvi Mäki

Suvi Mäki will be competing for and representing the Kuopio European Region of Gastronomy 2020 in the upcoming European Young Chef Award.  At the competition, Suvi will present her innovation of a traditional Finnish dishThe competition, under the auspices of Joan Roca, hosted and organised in collaboration with the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, GMIT, will take place this 26 November in Galway, Ireland.

Suvi Mäki is a 23 year old third-year Hospitality and Tourism student at the Savonia University of Applied Sciences in Kuopio, Finland. Despite her young age she has a strong passion for the hospitality sector and different food cultures in general. Her passion for food has mostly come from growing up in the kitchen at home with her mother. However, Suvi’s professional experience includes working in several restaurants. She has honed her skills in the kitchen and spent time serving. which has equipped her with the skills to manage both the front and back of a restaurant. When asked what her long term goals are, Suvi commented, “In the future I will set up my own restaurant.” In just a few weeks, Suvi will compete alongside other ambitious young chefs for the the title of the 2018 European Young Chef Award.

The European Young Chef Award aims to showcase regional and local food products while contributing to raise awareness on healthy eating. It furthermore promotes food as a powerful tool able to re-connect rural and urban environments and to find smart solutions towards regional development through food production and sustainable hospitality industries.

About the European Region of Gastronomy

Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy from Europe, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness and share the long-term aim to: promote a better quality of life in European regions; highlight distinctive food cultures; educate for better health and sustainability; nurture creativity; improve tourism standards; and stimulate gastronomic innovation.


IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT aims to empower local communities by guiding, facilitating, and supporting leaders in regions to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets.

IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the European Region of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Food Experiences of the Year and the Food Film Festivals project.