NAIT wins 12 medals at culinary competition in Dubai

Published on February 29, 2016

Team competed against professional chefs from around the world

Members of Culinary Team NAIT are returning to Canada with 12 medals after competing at Emirates Salon Culinaire in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The international competition ran Feb. 21-25.

Made up of students and recent graduates, the team was involved in two cooking competitions. They won two gold, six silver and four bronze medals, while competing against professional chefs from around the world.

Participants had 60 minutes to prepare an Asian Sea Bass and 60 minutes to prepare a beef dish, using only secondary cuts. Their dishes were evaluated on the basis of composition, originality, taste and presentation.

Culinary Team NAIT returns to NAIT on March 7.


  • 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 competition was intense and lots of work, so it was fantastic to see our students achieve success. The hard work paid off. We’re so happy with the team’s performance.”


Culinary Team NAIT

About NAIT
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 nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 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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