Salon Culinaire

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Salon Culinaire at IFEX is Ireland's largest and most prestigious chef competition programme and will incorporate a packed programme of over 30 classes during the three days of the show.

Download the the full schedule of competitions here (pdf).

Chefs from all sectors of the industry and of all levels of experience will have the chance to participate in a wide range of competitions that will enable them to learn new skills, develop new techniques and gain feedback from some of the best chefs in the industry.

There are four competition categories - Street Food International, the ChefSkills Live Theatre, Larder Knife Skills and Edible Art:

Street Food International

An exciting spectacle, Street Food International will see teams of competitors produce and serve a range of exciting modern street food style dishes. (by invitation only)

Chefs preparing street food

Edible Art 

Edible Art will incorporate a stunning array of static exhibits in a variety of different mediums that will showcase the skills and talents of the industry. The inspirational exhibits will create an area that truly can be described as 'an edible art gallery'.

Food Art at IFEX

The ChefSkills Live Theatre

The ChefSkills Live Theatre will host an exciting series of back-to-back live hot classes each day in six adjacent state-of-the-art workstations. There will be a variety of junior, senior, student and open classes available to enter, classes will range from a 30 minute against the clock challenges to three course menus to prepare.

ChefSkills Live Theatre - Salon Culinaire

Larder Knife Skills

Knife Skills are something professional chefs are constantly working on so this year we invite you to stop by the Meat@IFEX stage to see chefs taking their knife skills in the kitchen to a whole new level as competitors slice, dice and prep at great speed.

Butchery and Knife Skilss


World Butchers' Challenge

The World Butchers' Challenge 2018 is being hosted at Meat@IFEX. The biggest competition in WBC history, the competition will play host to 12 international countries, where the best artisan butchers and apprentices fight for the titles of best butcher in the world. 

Entry is now closed for Salon Culinaire 2018. If you'd like to spectate, please register for your visitor pass here.

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What the industry says about IFEX…

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Opening Times

Tuesday 20 March: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 21 March: 10am – 6pm
Thursday 22 March: 10am – 4pm

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