Northern Ireland's PREMIER food, drink, retail and hospitality event.

Salon Culinare at IFEX

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.

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, Edible Art and World Skills NI Hospitality Skills Hub:

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Note regarding IFEX postponment to 2022:

Your Salon Culinaire Competition entry/entries will be refunded directly back to the card you organised payment with and we hope all competitors will take part in the 2022 edition of the competition, more information on new competition dates will be shared as soon as possible.

Please do not hesitate to contact Andrew Pantelli on +44 (0) 207 886 3074 with any questions or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The ChefSkills Live Theatre

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.


Street Food International

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


Edible Art

Street Food International

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'.


World Skills NI Hospitality Skills Hub

Supported by DfE

ChefSkills Live Theatre

Brand new to IFEX 2020 and together with NI Hospitality Education Skills Hub and DfE, we will be showcasing the opportunities our sector has to offer through training, jobs and further education. A wide range of skills shall be demonstrated from housekeeping, to patisserie and mixology (by invitation only).


If you have any questions about Salon Culinaire please contact:
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+ 44 (0)20 7886 3074

Sean Owens
078 8543 3209


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