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Cooking Up a Storm at IFEX 2018

Salon Culinaire Returns to Northern Ireland 

THIS March, Northern Ireland’s premier food, drink, retail and hospitality event – IFEX 2018 –Edible Artwill open its doors to hundreds of Chefs to cook up a storm during the three-day show taking place at the Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast (20 – 22 March 2018).

At the heart of IFEX is Salon Culinaire – Northern Ireland's largest and most prestigious chef competition programme, which attracts chefs from all sectors of the industry and with all levels of experience. With skills high on the agenda, Salon Culinaire raises the bar in terms of culinary excellence in Northern Ireland, with the programme featuring over 30 categories during the three days of the show.

NEW for 2018 is Street Food International

1Set to sizzle, Street Food International will see teams of invited competitors from Northern Ireland’s catering colleges produce and serve a range of exciting modern street food style dishes.  Supported by Department for the Economy (DfE) each team will cook up innovative, high quality ‘al fresco’ street food dishes that will be served to pre-ticketed diners during lunch service at IFEX.  

The ChefSkills Live Theatre is back – hotly anticipated as the place where the ‘best of’ culinarians in Northern Ireland are formally acknowledged – with previous winners including Michael Deane, Chris Bell and Roisin Gavin to name but a few!  ChefSkills sees an exciting series of back-to-back, live, hot competitions, including the hotly contended Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs-supported IFEX Northern Ireland Chef of the Year and Northern Ireland Junior Chef of the Year accolades.

The programme is now open for entry, and categories include Vegan Challenge and Larder Knife Skills (new for 2018) and the ever-popular Edible Art.

Long-standing Salon Culinaire Director, Sean Owens comments “Belfast takes its rightful place asstreet foodone of the top Salon Culinaire programmes in the UK and it is THE place to celebrate the skills within our industry. The past number of years have been a testing time for our industry, but with IFEX 2018 now being the sounding board for future endeavours, we are confident that our industry is strong and resilient, and we relish the prospects for growth and development throughout our sector. This year I’m confident that we’re going to discover some extraordinarily talented young chefs.

Bigger and better than ever before, Salon Culinaire at IFEX is designed to nurture the talents of the Province’s young chefs and it is with the help of the show’s sponsors that the show continues to be such a success - in particular the Government departments and industry-leading companies and agencies who have supported the event over many years. Supporters for the Salon Culinaire 2018 include the Department for the Economy (DfE), Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Food Standards Agency Northern Ireland (FSANI), Stephens Catering Equipment, Flogas, Keenan Seafood and Andrew Ingredients.

What the industry says about IFEX…

"IFEX provided us with a great platform to launch our new FoodCheck solution into the Irish market." Ciaran Gallagher, Marketing, Kelsius

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Opening Times

Tuesday 20 March: 10am – 6pm
Wednesday 21 March: 10am – 6pm
Thursday 22 March: 10am – 4pm

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