Young Chefs commit to support regional food and cultural diversity

Dr. Diane Dodd, President of IGCAT and Stamatis Misomikes, winner of the European Young Chef Award 2016 signed today a protocol that signals the start of a new initiative to grow a network of IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors.

Following the successful first edition of the European Young Chef Award, whereby ten talented chefs from different European regions competed, using local products and innovating on traditional recipes, nine young finalists have signed a protocol to be IGCAT Regional Chef Ambassadors and thus commit to supporting regional cuisine and local products.
The Young Chef Award is a competition organised and promoted by the International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Art and Tourism (IGCAT) in order to highlight distinctive food cultures, strengthen links between regions, support young chefs in lunching their careers and promoting culinary innovation using traditional cuisine and local products.
The Regional Chef Ambassador programme is an opportunity to give extra visibility to the talented young chefs while at the same time spreading IGCAT’s message that cultural and food diversity is necessary to ensure sustainable futures for regions.

IGCAT (International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism) it is an international network of experts that aim to guide, facilitate and support leaders in cities, regions and cultural projects to understand the potential of their distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets.