Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland will host its very first online culinary competition, Cook ‘N’ Battle, in a positive twist to students’ current inability to travel to campus. Highlighting a local ingredient from where they live, participants will be challenged to surpass themselves and push their skills to the limit of culinary excellence.
In a desire to connect and reach out to new students who will begin their studies at Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland in July or October 2020, the school has decided to host a virtual culinary event showcasing the creativity and diversity of future students, as well as encouraging sustainability through the choice of local ingredients. The competition is open to all students enrolled before the 15th May for the July or October terms, as well as to anyone over the age of 16, who is interested in pursuing culinary studies in Switzerland.
Cooking is an art and the participants will need to show their passion with originality and inspiration.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase talents, even during this difficult time. We look forward to seeing the creativity of the participants. Cooking is an art and the participants will need to show their passion with originality and inspiration,” says Tanja Florenthal, Dean at Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland Le Bouveret.
In order to qualify, participants are invited to submit a five-minute video which showcases themselves presenting and preparing a home-created dish, per competition guidelines, between May 6th-24th. After review by the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland jury, seven finalists will then be selected to move on to the final round. Each finalist will be mentored by one of the Academy’s Chef Instructors before competing live from the comfort of their homes in an online cooking battle hosted on Zoom.
Finalists will have the honour of being judged by a professional jury of five world-famous chefs: Anton Mosimann (Jury President), highly accoladed Swiss culinary icon; Pooja Dhingra, India’s Pastry Chef, Founder & Head Chef of “Le15” patisserie (Mumbai, India), Vladimir Mukhin, Head Chef & Co-owner of “White Rabbit”, Moscow, Russia, No.13 in “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” 2019 listing; Franck Giovannini, Head Chef of three Michelin-starred “Restaurant De L’Hôtel De Ville” (Crissier, Switzerland); and Matthew Downes, Corporate Chef at Mane (Vouvry, Switzerland), Founder of Vegan Chef Consulting.
The finalist that scores the highest score according to an exhaustive list of criteria, ranging from technical skills and use of ingredients, to hygiene & sanitation and creativity, as well as presentation and the value placed on local ingredients, will be declared winner of the virtual Cook ‘N’ Battle culinary competition 2020. The winner will be awarded a scholarship worth CHF 7,500.00 and will be featured in an upcoming video. The first and second runner up will also receive scholarships.
The cooking battle will take place on Zoom and be live-streamed on the Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland Facebook page, 6th June 2020, at 2 pm (CEST).