International Salon Culinaire has a rich history of being one the world’s top chef competitions. Starting in 1902, the competition has a reputation for launching emerging culinary talents into the UK hospitality industry. Read on to find out more about our 119 year long legacy.
The very first Salon Culinaire Competitions are held at the Royal Albert Hall.
The exhibition is opened by Harold Wilson (former UK Prime Minister) who was at the time the President of the Board of Trade. Over 70,000 visitors attend over 9 days.
Now celebrity chef Gordon Ramsey wins the ‘Chef of the Year’ competition.
Salon Culinaire celebrates 60 years as Hotelympia attracts 60,000 visitors to Earl’s Court over 6 days.
Salon has grown significantly and hosts 86 competition classes with entries from USA, Turkey, Germany, Norway, Malta, Cyprus, Finland, Austria, as well as around the UK and Ireland. It has become truly international.
24 teams compete in ‘La Parade des Chefs’ and teams include the American National Team, Norwegian, Irish and Maltese National Teams with 14 teams having to be turned away during submission due to the popularity of this feature.
Salon also features an authentic Field Kitchen which is run along the same lines as La Parade des Chefs and over 750 awards are presented.
Hotelympia goes down to 5 days with Salon Culinaire having two Live Theatres, one of which hosts Chef of the Year, Rioja Sous Chef Bursary, Kikkoman Masters, TUCO Chef Challenge, plus many others.
Salon Culinaire hosts the Global Chef Challenge and over 825 awards are presented.
Industry icon Peter Griffiths MBE steps down as Salon Director after 25 years and is succeeded by James Tanner.
Hotelympia now known as HRC goes ahead at the beginning of March 2020 and hosts International Salon Culinaire competitions. Later that month Salon Culinaire plans to celebrate its 25th edition at IFEX in Belfast when the UK goes into lockdown amid fears surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic and the show is unfortunately postponed to 2022.
A virtual version of International Salon Culinaire is launched as Coronavirus fears still affect the industry, giving chefs the ability to enter in various categories and the option of competing live or via short video links from their own homes and colleges.
Hall of Fame
@House of Commons
@Michelin-starred The Elephant, Torquay
@Compass Group, Torquay
@Emirates Academy, Dubai
@England’s National Team
@The White House, Washington DC
@Kenilworth pub The Cross