Culinary Team NAIT returning to United Arab Emirates for international competition

Published on February 09, 2016

Prestigious Emirates Salon Culinaire runs Feb. 21-25 in Dubai

Members of Culinary Team NAIT will compete against professional chefs from around the world at Emirates Salon Culinaire, which runs Feb. 21-25 in Dubai. NAIT will be involved in two cooking competitions, where team members will have 60 minutes to prepare an Asian Sea Bass and 60 minutes to prepare a beef dish, using only secondary cuts.

Team members have been training regularly at Main Campus, simulating the timed competitions. The students and recent graduates who make up Culinary Team NAIT developed their own recipes, with input and feedback from the coaches. In Dubai, their dishes will be evaluated on the basis of composition, originality, taste and presentation.

The team going to Dubai consists of Francis Flores, Tung Nguyen, Alexander Maryniak, Landen Swick, Christine McLean, Lanaya Hooper, Tuyen Lai, Cici Wang and coaches Ganesh Subramanya and Chris Short.


  • NAIT last competed at the Emirates Salon Culinaire in 2012, returning home with 10 medals, including six silver and four bronze. 
  • More than 1,300 young chefs are expected at this particular competition. 
  • Members of Culinary Team NAIT went through a competitive process to be selected to be part of the team. To be selected they must demonstrate aptitude, a positive attitude and a willingness to learn.


Vinod Varshney, manager, Culinary Team NAIT
“The team is working hard, practicing regularly, to get into shape for this competition. They will be under strict timelines in Dubai, and need to be prepared. These high-level competitions teach young chefs how to work under pressure in a team environment, while also giving them an opportunity to meet and network with professional chefs from around the world.”


Culinary Team NAIT


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The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With more than 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 98 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta’s prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta’s top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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