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IACC Swedish Copper Skillet – and the winners are...

Six chefs from IACC member venues across Sweden gathered at Nova Park Conference arena on Monday 27 May, to compete for the coveted Swedish Copper Skillet; the winners of which secured their place at the European stage Copper Skillet final taking place in Brussels on 5 October 2019 at the IACC Europe Knowledge Festival.

The chefs were presented with basic pantry items along with a "mystery basket" of proteins and other fresh, dairy and grocery items. They were given a total of 45 minutes to prepare, create, and present their creations to the judges.

 

Swedish Copper Skillet winners were:

Senior champion, Chef Sofie Lidén from Sigtunahöjden, served a dish of Pike-perch with deep fried grey pea, roasted white asparagus and romanesco, pak choi, charred baked onion and burnt butter with soy, lime and jalapeño

Junior champion, Chef Michael Andersson from Steningevik, served Seared pike-perch with white asparagus, pickled romanesco, fried black cabbage and chicken velouté.

Commenting on their victory, Sofie Lidén said: “I am so happy to have won this competition, but it still feels unreal. Although I am so excited to progress to the next stage of the competition. Michael Andersson added: I am very happy and proud to represent Sweden in Brussels.

The next stage of the competition will be held in Brussels in October. The winners of the

European cook-off (one senior chef and one junior chef) will go on to compete with other chefs from IACC chapters around the world at the Global Copper Skillet Competition at the IACC Americas Connect Annual Meeting in early 2020.

Lotta Boman, IACC’s European President, commented “It is always fantastic to see such a talented group of chefs go head to head in the ultimate Swedish cook-off in front of a panel of nationally renowned judges. The Copper Skillet continues to grow in stature and is becoming an increasingly sought-after award in Sweden as we continue to build IACC’s profile in the region. I wish both good luck in Brussels, I will be there cheering for them!”

The Copper Skillet competition was introduced in 2004 to highlight the artistry and skill of the best chefs from IACC-member conference centres around the world and to honour their contributions to the shared goal of providing an outstanding conference venue experience.

 

About IACC:

Founded in 1981, IACC is dedicated to representing the best meeting venues globally and is, by definition, the future of the meetings industry realised. The association brings together the brightest, most innovative minds from around the globe. IACC elevates the meeting experience by creating a unique point of entry that is inclusive of the best-in-class meeting venues internationally. IACC membership is a symbol of meeting excellence and exceptional connections amongst the best in the meeting industry. This exclusiveness makes IACC’s members part of an elite group representing the most innovative, forward-thinking and results- driven meeting venues globally.

All members meet a set of stringent Quality Standards and agree to a Code of Ethics. IACC includes over 350 members from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Hong Kong, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Spain, Hungary, Mongolia, Ukraine, The Netherlands, Germany, England, Wales and Scotland.