About the Culinary Olympics

The IKA, the so-called Culinary Olympics, is among the most prominent of culinary competitions. Held every four years, the most recent was held in Erfurt Germany, in October 2008 and was the 23rd competition.

Competing for medals and top honors were a record 32 national culinary teams from 32 countries, 12 pastry teams, 16 student teams, 12 military teams, and more than 30 regional teams representing many countries, plus individual competitors from around the world. Chefs from all over the world take time from their families and jobs to have a chance to step onto the world culinary stage and cook at this competition.

National Geographic photo from the event.

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