Salon Culinaire important for education, not wins

Salon Culinaire has received 650 entries in two weeks of registration

This year, Salon Culinaire is expecting between 1300-1400 entries.
This year, Salon Culinaire is expecting between 1300-1400 entries.

Emirates Culinary Guild president Uwe Micheel said the upcoming Emirates Salon Culinaire competition at Gulfood 2014 is important for its contribution to learning and education, rather than winning gold medals.

The registrations for Salon Culinaire are open, and Micheel revealed that in the first two weeks after it opened for entries, 650 were already received.

He said: "The two months prior to the competition are more important than the competition itself. The amount of learning and research the boys and girls are doing now is very important.

"I would say that it’s great to win a medal but it’s not the most important thing. The most important thing is that you learn something. The gold medal is the cream on the cake, but for me this is the least important."

Micheel said it's always important to keep going back and trying again. He added: "Last year we had very few juniors in the junior category, so I hope that we have more. They need to be motivated by their chefs and need to be told that they don’t have to win, that they have to go there and have fun."

His thoughts were echoed by Madinat Jumeirah C&I and Jumeirah Hospitality general manager Andy Cuthbert, who said: "If you don’t succeed the first time in gaining a medal, no problem, come back again and again, as you always will learn and you are a winner for having the courage to compete."

Salon Culinaire is expecting around 1300-1400 entries this year, and competitors will be judged in 25 categories or classes by 30 international WACS-approved (World Association Chef Society) judges. The event is a series of practical and display-based culinary competitions; entry to which is open to professional chefs, pastry chefs, cooks and bakers.

For more information on how to register, click here.

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