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31 Jan 2023

Compass Group UK & Ireland returns as International Salon Culinaire Headline Sponsor

Compass Group UK & Ireland returns as International Salon Culinaire Headline Sponsor

Foodservice and catering giant Compass Group UK & Ireland will once again join International Salon Culinaire as Headline Sponsor when the competition returns to ExCeL London on 20-22 March 2023 alongside Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC).

With more than 100 live and static challenges across three days, Salon Culinaire is an unmissable opportunity for chefs to test their skills and creativity in a live competition environment and network with other talented chefs from across the industry.

Over 70 top chefs will be judging the dishes and displays, including Compass Group UK & Ireland Culinary Director Nick Vadis.

Vadis says: “Salon Culinaire gives chefs confidence, competing helps them develop and hone their skills, as well as picking up new techniques. Chefs don’t get out of their own kitchen often, so events like these are a great opportunity to challenge themselves, meet other chefs and see what the standards are within the hospitality world.”

Next year’s edition of the competition will see the return of popular categories including the NHS 4 Nations Chef Challenge, the Alaska Seafood Masters, Stadium Experience Chef Team of the Year and Country Range Student Chef Team Challenge, along with popular new additions from the 2022 event such as the Apprentice Challenge and Pub Chef of the Year.  

Salon Culinaire Project Director Andrew Pantelli comments: “We’re thrilled to once again welcome Compass Group UK & Ireland as Headline Sponsor for International Salon Culinaire.

“Nick and the wider leadership team at Compass are passionate about the value of competitions for chefs to challenge themselves, develop new skills and stand out from the crowd, and it’s always gratifying to see the wide range of Compass chefs from all parts of the business entering Salon and excelling.”

In addition to International Salon Culinaire, there will be a range of opportunities for chefs and catering professionals to learn, network and discover innovative new techniques and products at HRC 2023.

New for the upcoming edition is Chef HQ, curated by Chef Publishing, which will see top UK and international chefs such as Andrew Wong, Frédéric Bau, Tom Philips and 2022 National Chef of the Year Ben Murphy host deep dives into categories including seafood, chocolate and dim sum.

The show will also include an exclusive keynote interview with Chef Ambassador Monica Galetti on the Vision Stage, plus a wide range of insightful panel discussions and debates across the three days of the show from leading chefs, hospitality business owners and industry leaders.

International Salon Culinaire takes place alongside HRC, IFE, International Food & Drink Event and IFE Manufacturing at ExCeL London on 20-22 March 2023. To learn more about all the competitions taking place at International Salon Culinaire 2023, and for information on how to enter, visit The deadline for entries is 17 February 2023.

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