What is Culinary Team NAIT?
Culinary Team NAIT is a group of NAIT Culinary Arts students and instructors that competes at the regional, national and international levels. Team NAIT also collaborates with Team Alberta and Team Canada.
Student members prepare for competition through extracurricular training. They learn to refine the skills they are taught in class and how to work in a team environment. Team members are also expected to participate in fundraising for trips. Fundraising activities include
- researching new recipes for organizations
- setting up product demonstrations
- hosting gourmet dinners
Culinary Team NAIT has won many honours and is well-regarded among its peers. In February 2018, Team NAIT earned a record number of medals from the Emirates Salon Culinaire in Dubai: 8 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze. Their 15 medals were the most medals won by a single team at this event, and they were also the only student team competing against world-renowned professional teams.
In May of 2017, Team NAIT competed at HOFEX in Hong Kong and brought home 1 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze medals. In February 2016, they won 2 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals from the Emirates Salon Culinaire in Dubai. In April 2015, they brought home 5 silver and 7 bronze medals from 2015 HOFEX in Hong Kong. In April 2014, they brought home 4 silver and 4 bronze from the FHA Culinary Challenge in Singapore.
In May 2013, they took home a record breaking 4 gold, 8 silver and 8 bronze at the 2013 Hong Kong International Culinary Challenge. In October 2012, Culinary Team NAIT received 2 gold and 2 silver medals at the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany. In February 2012, the team won 3 silvers and 4 bronzes at Emirates Salon Culinaire in Dubai. In 2011, Culinary Team NAIT won 4 silver and 6 bronze at HOFEX 2011 in Hong Kong. Every member of Team NAIT brought home a medal from both the Escoffier Society competition in Toronto in March 2010 and the FHA2010 Culinary Challenge in Singapore April 20 - 23, 2010.
- See the listing of all Team NAIT medals and winning chefs
- View photos from the Culinary Challenges
- Watch video from the 2008 Culinary Olympics
To promote local, regional and international goodwill and camaraderie through friendly culinary competition, and to advance culinary and employability skills through training, teamwork and networking.
Benefits of membership
There are many benefits to joining Team Culinary NAIT, including
- outstanding professional culinary experiences
- opportunities to network and exchange ideas with culinary professionals around the world
- increased culinary knowledge through international competitions
- increased awareness of innovative culinary technology
Joining Team NAIT
Instructors select students for the team based on
- ability to work in a team environment
The number of students chosen each year depends on the number of suitable candidates.