Culinary Team NAIT dishes up huge win in Dubai

Published on February 28, 2018

Student team wins eight gold medals - more than any other team - at Emirates Salon Culinaire 2018

Culinary Team NAIT returns from the Emirates Salon Culinaire in Dubai with a total of 15 medals, including 8 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze. The students competed against professional chefs from around the world at one of the biggest culinary contests in the Middle East.

The competition, which ran from Feb. 18 to 22, is a series of tests open to professional chefs, with both individual and team components. Competitors are judged by a panel of 30 international chefs on their kitchen skills and creativity as well as the dishes’ taste and presentation.

Nine NAIT students competed, accompanied by two coaches and the team’s manager. This was Culinary Team NAIT’s best-ever result at a competition, and the best showing of any team at the competition this year.


  • Members of NAIT’s culinary team included nine second-year students; eight in the Culinary Arts program and one in the Baking program.
  • Team members were selected following a cook-off competition at NAIT.
  • For the competition, the students had to prepare dishes using chicken, beef and fish.


Vinod Varshney, NAIT Culinary Arts chair and team manager 
“This is such an impressive showing of our students’ talent and hard work to the rest of the world. We are so proud of what they have achieved.”


NAIT Culinary Arts 
Emirates Salon Culinaire 2018

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 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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