Set to run from 23-25 January at the annual Great Hospitality Show at the NEC in Birmingham, the Salon Culinaire is a series of classes held throughout the show, testing all aspects of hospitality skills. Each class and contest is judged by some of the highest-profile and celebrated chefs from across the industry.
The Skills Theatre, which was first launched at the Hotelympia show in 2016, will return in Birmingham, with classes such as table-laying, knife skills, cocktail mixology, and flambé work.
There will also be a Salon Display category, including classes in pastry and restaurant plate platters, plus a sugarcraft section, whose entries are then displayed throughout the show.
Competitions in the Live Theatre will include the Vegan Challenge, the Cheese Starter, and the Power Breakfast Bowls, plus the Street Food Challenge and other culinary tests.
Junior chefs aged 23 and under are also encouraged to enter the Junior La Parade des Chefs contest, which will see entrants preparing a 100-cover three-course lunch, with £1 from each diner going to the charities Just A Drop and Hospitality Action.
The College Canapé competition will also take place each evening as part of the La Parade des Chefs, in which a different college will make canapés for Champagne, for 60 VIP guests.
Salon Culinaire chef director and executive head chef at The Royal Garden Hotel in London, Steve Munkley, said: “The competition line-up at Salon Culinaire offers a class for everyone regardless of level of experience or sector of the industry you work in. It is a wonderful opportunity for experienced chefs and novices alike…I have no doubt that participating in Salon Culinaire will be a rewarding experience and help to set you in good stead for the rest of your career in this fantastic industry.”
Entries should be submitted online here. http://www.hospitalityshow.co.uk/salon-culinaire