MSA, an Endeavor Turkey company, recently hosted the Chaîne des Rotisseurs’ 37th annual Jeunes Chefs Competition at their Istanbul cooking facility.
Chaîne des Rotisseurs is an international association of gastronomy with over 25,000 members in 70 countries. Its annual competition challenges young chefs (under the age of 27) to prepare a three-course meal using surprise ingredients they receive in a “black box.” Competitors are then scored by two sets of judges: a group that oversees preparation in the kitchen, and a group that rates the taste and plating of finished dishes.
This year, Chef Jan-Philippe Berner (Germany) won the Gold Medal, Chef Jimmi Eriksson (Sweden) received the Silver medal, and Yusuf Kızılırmak from Le Meridien İstanbul won bronze, becoming the first chef from Turkey to receive a medal at Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.
Founded by Mehmet Aksel, MSA is a state-of-the-art culinary institute that graduates about 600 chefs per year. In addition to hosting the Jeunes Chefs competition, MSA invited competitors, judges, and committee members to a welcome dinner at their Okulun Mutfağı restaurant. MSA instructors and students prepared, cooked and served guests a three-course traditional-style Turkish menu with a modern touch.