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Singapore emerges as champion at the Edition of Young Chef Olympiad 2017 held in India

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New Delhi: Tham Jiajun Mathew from Sunrice Global Chef Academy, Singapore bagged the third edition of Young Chef Olympiad 2017 (YCO 2017), the largest culinary competition in the world. The competition, which saw participation from over 45 countries, was held in three rounds across Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune and Kolkata from 28 January 2017 to 2 February 2017.

Mathew was awarded the YCO 2017 Trophy and a cash prize of $10,000 by Padma Mr Sanjeev Kapoor, the noted chef, Prof. David Foskett and Dr. Suborno Bose, Chief Mentor of IIHM at the closing ceremony in Kolkata on 2 February 2017.

Andrew Ou Kai Peng from Malaysia was the 1st runner up. Canada, who had won the YCO trophy in 2016, slipped to the third position this year. Selah Schmoll represented Canada in YCO 2017.

The winner, Tham Jiajun Mathew, Singapore said, “I want to thank everybody who has been through this journey with me. Especially my chef and my family. They helped me a lot. When I first came here, I just came to do what I do best.”

His mentor, Satish Madaan praised Mathew’s performance in the entire competition and said, “I am happy that IIHM in India organized such a big event where these students can show their talent and learn from each other across the world, we are really happy for Matthew, he followed all the techniques we taught him. We will definitely be coming back next year.”

Top ten finalists based on the marks gained from the earlier three rounds were, Australia, Canada, England, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka.

Other than YCO Trophy, there were other category awards presented as well: Dr. Zenobia Nadirshaw Award for the ‘Most Inspiring Young Chef’ – Won by Luigi Amaduzzi from Alma La Scuola Internazionale Di Cucina Italiana, Italy. The Late Shrimati Shakuntala Devi Award for the Best Vegetarian Dish  won by Puja Mishra, IIHM, India. She was also awarded $500.

The Morde Best Dessert Award given to Jack Gameson from University College Birmingham, England. The Best Hygiene Practice Award was clinched by Tham Jiajun Mathew from Sunrice Global Chef Academy, Singapore.

Dr. Suborno Bose, Founder & Chief Mentor, IndiSmart Group & IIHM, said, “Young Chef Olympiad  was conceptualized as a platform for young chefs-in-training from around the world to interact and showcase their talent. We are very glad to see a great response from the international community, who have come together to make this event such a great success over the past 3 editions. We have put India in the center of the culinary map in the world. We intend to make Young Chef Olympiad bigger, with over 100 countries for our next edition.”

Padma Shri Sanjeev Kapoor, Mentor and Principal Judge, YCO said, “When we were studying, we didn’t even know something like this existed. I am happy that students today can come here and experience something like Young Chef Olympiad. We will continue to welcome them to our country. To the international students, I say our fraternity of chefs from India will always be with you for anything you want to know about India or Indian food. I hope next year, we have 100 countries participating in Young Chef Olympiad.”

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