March 21, 2012

Istanbul Sizzles With 10th International Gastronomy Festival

While Istanbul is home to numerous festivals throughout the year, Thursday saw a food-infused gathering of foodies and chefs from around the world.


The first day of the 10th International Istanbul Gastronomy Festival, which runs March 15-18, started the festival off with a competition for student chefs. I was lucky enough to visit the festival and watch the chefs-in-training compete in timed challenges.

The All Cooks Federation of Turkey (TAF), a member of the World Association of Chefs, is sponsoring the international competition and has invited chefs from 22 different countries. Thousands of chefs have gathered to compete in team and individual cooking challenges at the Tuyap convention center in Büyükçekmece.

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