Culinary Team NAIT wins 16 medals at Hong Kong skills competition

Published on May 19, 2017

Each NAIT student wins at least one medal, competing alongside professional chefs

EDMONTON – Culinary Team NAIT served up a remarkable win at the Hong Kong International Culinary Classic 17, with two gold medals, six silver and eight bronze. The students competed against professional chefs from around the world.

The Hong Kong International Culinary Classic was part of HOFEX 2017 – the largest food and hospitality tradeshow in the Asia-Pacific region, which ran from May 8-11. Ten NAIT Culinary program students competed, accompanied by one of their coaches and the team’s manager.

Each of the NAIT students won a medal during the four days of competition, a remarkable feat considering only about 10 per cent of participants win a medal.

The students squared off in the hot food competition, in which they have one hour to prepare and plate three entrees. Their dishes included spring chicken, beef, lamb rack, grouper and halibut.


  • Members of NAIT’s culinary team included five first-year students and five second-year students.
  • Team members were selected in January following a cook-off competition at NAIT.
  • HOFEX takes place every two years.
  • Culinary Team NAIT first competed at HOFEX in 2011.


Vinod Varshney, NAIT Culinary Arts chair and team manager 
“This is one of our team’s best-ever showings at the competition, so I’m particularly proud of these students. It’s wonderful to see that all their hard work paid off.”


Culinary Team NAIT
Hong Kong International Culinary Classic

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 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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