Department for the economy


Raising the bar in NI culinary skills

Timetable of Classes




Tuesday 20th March

Senior Duck Culinary Freestyle 8:10 - 8:50  Silver Hill Foods
Classical Junior Chicken 9:10 - 9:50  
Northern Ireland Young Seafood Chef of the Year  10:10 - 11:10  Keenan Seafood
Student Culianarian of the Year 11:30 - 13:30  Major International
Senior Lamb Culinary Freestyle  14:00 - 14:45         NSA
Northern Ireland Culinary Ability Awards 15:05 - 15:45  Culinary Ability Awards
Classical Junior Duck 16:05 - 16:45  Silver Hill Foods
Awards 17:15  

Wednesday 21st March

Modern Trend - World Cuisine 8:00 - 8:45  
Restaurant Innovation - Contemporary Dessert 9:00 - 10:00  
DAERA Northern Ireland Chef of the Year 10:20 - 12:50  DAERA  
Northern Ireland Cook & Serve Championship 13:20 - 15:50  
Senior Fish Culinary Freestyle  16:20 - 16:55      Keenan Seafood
Awards 17:15  

Thursday 22nd March

Great Northern Ireland Bake Off 7:00 - 8:30  
Northern Ireland Artisan Professional Baker of the Year 8:45 - 10:15  1
Vegan Challenge 10:35 - 11:05  

The Northern Ireland Calorie Wise Awards

11:25 - 12:10  Calorie Wise
Northern Ireland Young Chef of the Year 12:30 - 14:30  Henderson
Awards 15:00  

The ChefSkills Theatre aims to raise the bar in culinary skills in Northern Ireland and hosts an exciting series of back-to-back live classes each day in six adjacent state-of-the-art workstations. There are a variety of junior categories, including the prestigious DAERA Northern Ireland Chef of the Year, Vegan Challenge, Contemporary Dessert and World Cuisine. 

We would encourage all chefs, junior and senior, based in education and industry to enter a ChefSkills class, please see below for more details.

There is limited availability so we recommend that you apply early. 

If you have any questions about The ChefSkills Theatre please contact:
Nadine Close
+ 44 (0)20 7886 3137

Our Sponsors 

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What the industry says about IFEX…

"IFEX provided us with a great platform to launch our new FoodCheck solution into the Irish market." Ciaran Gallagher, Marketing, Kelsius


Opening Times

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

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