Finland’s First Organic Chef to be Chosen

The first Finland’s Organic Chef competition will be arranged in ELMA countryside fair, Helsinki, 11th-13rd of November this year. The professional chefs, as well as students of the field, will be pursuing the title of the Organic Chef of the Year in their own categories.

The winner of the professional category will represent Finland in the Nordic Organic Chef of the Year competition, which will be held on the 17th of November this year in Malmö, Sweden.

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Finland’s Organic Chef competition has two parts. In the first part, the competitors will take part in the recipe competition, where four finalists will be chosen in each category. The finalists will be announced in Luomuelintarvikepäivä (the day of organic foods) in Helsinki on the 6th of October.

In the final, the competitors plan and prepare a three-course menu for six out of the available organic materials.

Finland’s Organic Chef competition is organized by the development unit EkoCentria, Finnish Organic Research Institute and Finnish Organic Food Association Pro Luomu together with the Finnish Chef Association. Pekka Terävä, the chef of the restaurant Olo, will act as the chair of the jury.

More organics available in Finnish restaurants

Jaakko Nuutila, chef and research coordinator from Finnish Organic Research Institute finds that the amount of organic foods available in the Finnish restaurants is in constant growth. Nearly all Finnish professional kitchens use organic materials sometimes and 15% use organics daily.

Finland’s Organic Chef competition aims to inspire catering professionals to use organics.

”Knowledge of organics belongs to the expertise of chefs”, Nuutila concludes.

Finnish consumers also increasingly value organics. According to the research published in the spring of 2016, more than 50% of the Finnish restaurant customers consider organics a significant bonus for the restaurant, when choosing a place for dining out.

More information: Chef, research coordinator Jaakko Nuutila, Finnish Organic Research Institute, jaakko.nuutila@luke.fi, tel.  +358 29 532 6780

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