Tenth International Culinary Competition of Southern Europe was held in Thessaloniki from March 3rd to 6th 2017 in the organisation of the Chefs Association of Northern Greece. The competition was supported by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS) and the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Government of Greece.

There were over 400 contestants from ten countries in the competition: Taiwan, Turkey, Cyprus, Montenegro, Latvia, Ukraine, Serbia, and the jury featured the best world-known judges from Greece, Italy, France, Mexico, Slovenia, Montenegro, Cyprus, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, USA, Turkey, Latvia, together with the President of the World Association of Chefs Societies Tomas Gugler.

The Department of Geography, Tourism and Hotel Management, the Faculty of Sciences in Novi Sad had its representatives in this prestigious competition, who returned home with the awards:

  • Goran Radivojevic, Gastronomy Skills Teacher – silver medal in the poultry category in the professional chefs competition,
  • Maja Banjac, PhD student and teaching assistant at the Chair of Gastronomy – silver medal in the pasta category in the professional chefs competition,
  • Jelena Jevtic – 4th year student of Gastronomy – a diploma in the restaurant dessert junior category and
  • Goran Gasparovski – silver medal in the risotto category in the junior competition.

Students Jelena and Goran competed in a team discipline ‘Two to Tango’ with 15 teams from higher vocational schools, faculties and hotels and they won a bronze medal.

Our team got rave reviews from the exceptional world-famous judges who are all respectable and renowned chefs in their countries, which represents a great acknowledgement for the quality of our students and their teachers and assistants.

Contacts were established in the competition with numerous universities from Greece and Taiwan, so we hope we will succeed in developing quality collaboration and contribute to the teaching process for our students.