Monday, October 8, 2012

Taiwanese chefs to compete in 'Culinary Olympics' in Germany

Taiwanese chefs to compete in 'Culinary Olympics' in Germany
2012/09/26 20:07:28
Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) A large group of Taiwanese chefs will take part in a major culinary event in Germany next week, joining thousands of competitors from around the world.

The 19-member team will leave Oct. 2 to attend the International Exhibition of Culinary Art, said group leader Yueh Chia-ching at a send-off ceremony held by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taipei.

The Taiwanese team, comprising college students and professional chefs, will compete in the categories of fruit and vegetable carving, and baking, among others, Yueh said.

"It is the first time that Taiwan is sending such a large group to the event," he said, adding that they will give their best and try to win medals at the competition.

The chef competition, termed the Culinary Olympics, is one of the biggest in the world, attracting 5,000 competitors from more than 50 countries this year, Yueh said.

The send-off ceremony, which was held to show the government's support for the group, was hosted by Vice Foreign Minister Vanessa Shih.

She said Taiwan is well-known for its gourmet food and food culture, and that Taiwanese chefs have great culinary skills and perseverance.

In 2008, a professor and two students from Hungkuang University in Taichung swept the gold medals in the fruit and vegetable carving categories of the competition.

(By Elaine Hou)

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