IACC Global Copper Skillet Competition

Congratulations to Sebastian Layen and Niclas Jansson, 2019 IACC Global Chefs of the Year!

The Global Copper Skillet competition took place on day two of IACC Americas Connect where the Americas, European and Australian finalists competed for the title of Global Copper Skillet Champion.

Celebrity chef Michael Smith, regular on the Food Network Canada and competition judge, commented“ I am truly impressed with the creativity from all of the chefs today. The ability to think on your feet and execute a dish from what’s on hand is what we do everyday but once that clock starts ticking you never know what can happen!

Winning Dishes

Sebastian Layen, Senior Chef Champion – Crusted beef medallion, fig and maple syrup gastrique, roasted fig, artichoke and root vegetables barigoule.

Niclas Jansson, Junior Chef Champion – Beef with brown buttered tempeh, roasted cauliflower, stewed cauliflower with apple and maple syrup, vinegar and lemon poached asparagus, onion, red wine, maple syrup and browned butter. IACC’s next annual European conference ‘Knowledge Festival’ will be taking place in Brussels on 4 – 6 October 2019.

About The Competition

IACC recognises the vital role that foodservice plays in conference venue operations. As a result, IACC stages a Annual Copper Skillet Global Chef of the Year Competition.

This competition is designed to highlight the artistry and skills of IACC-member conference venue chefs from around the world and to honour their contributions to our shared goal of providing an outstanding conference experience.

Competition Categories

There are two categories of entry, a senior category (26 years of age and older) and a junior category (under 26 years). Both categories compete in the same cook-off, with the same competition rules.

Heats and Finals

Chefs will first participate in their country competition and winners will then go on to compete in a Chapter Cook-Off . There are currently three chapters, Americas, Europe and Australia Asia Pacific).

The 3 junior and 3 senior competition winners from the Chapter Cook-Off’s go on to compete for the at the Global Copper Skillet Final which currently takes place at the Americas Conference.

Rules and Competition Details

Chefs will be required to create an entrée using contents from a Mystery Basket. The entrée will consist of two proteins, plus items from the attached pantry list and the chef will present two identical plates, one for judging and one for viewing by the audience.

An independent panel of judges evaluate the entrées according to set criteria. The champion Junior and Champion Senior chef of each heat, will progress to the next competition, right up to the Global Copper Skillet Final at the IACC-Americas Annual Conference.

In all competition heats, each chef will use the ingredients from the Mystery Basket plus provided pantry items to prepare a dish that is functional for service at a conference venue.

Details of country and chapter cook-off dates as well as the global final can be found on the IACC Events Page.

If you require further information on entering a Copper Skillet Competition or to express interest in advertising at one of these events, please email info@iacconline.org.

Upcoming Events

20 January 2022 - 08:00am PDT / 11:00am EDT / 16:00pm GMT / 17:00pm CET

Personal Branding – 60 minute webinar

Personal Branding – 60 minute webinar

Membership Resources