IACC will stage its annual UK Copper Skillet competition at Wyboston Lakes Resort on 4 February.
Funded by IACC, a global community that represents venues specialising in organising and hosting meetings, the two winners of the UK heat will travel to Las Vegas to compete for the honoured title of Global Copper Skillet Champion in the Nestle Global Copper Skillet Final at IACC Americas Connect, which will take place 23-25 May 2022, at Park MGM Las Vegas.
As part of the contest, competitors will be given a mystery set of ingredients to create two plated servings of a main course. Among the mystery ingredients, will be five specified protein items – two meat proteins and three plant based proteins.
An independent panel of expert judges will then evaluate the dishes according to stringent criteria. All dishes created must be suitable for service in a conference centre setting.
There are two categories of entry – a senior category for competitors who are years of age and older – and a junior category for those under 26 years. Both categories compete in the same cook-off, under the same competition rules. The competition is open to any chef working in any IACC member venue in the UK.
The event was created in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skills of IACC-member conference venue chefs from around the world and reward their contribution to the conference experience.
Louisa Watson, Director of Marketing at Wyboston Lakes Resort, said: “We are excited to be hosting this prestigious competition at The Woodlands Event Centre once again. It will be fascinating to see the creativity and originality of the top UK industry chefs.”
Mark Cooper, CEO, IACC added: “Wyboston Lakes Resort is gracious in its support of IACC and hosting this exciting culinary competition. The Copper Skillet is a true test of the chefs’ skills and knowledge, and I am excited to see what stunning dishes they create. I wish the competitors the best of luck and I look forward to welcoming the two winners to the Nestle Global Copper Skillet Final at IACC Americas Connect in Las Vegas in May.”