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Culinary talent puts Bulgaria in the top 5 of the world’s largest Olympiad for young chefs

HRC Academy student Stelian Ganchev received awards for "Best Hygiene and Kitchen Practice" and "Best Knife Skills".


HRC Academy student Stelian Ganchev secured the 4th place at the most prestigious Olympiad for young chefs in the world – the Young Chefs Olympiad in India. Guided by the expert experience of his mentor, our chef instructor Viktor Svetoslavov, Stelian’s achievement firmly places the Bulgarian culinary scene on the global map.

The grand event brings together people from all over the world, representing over 60 nationalities and 25 international judges, promoting cross-cultural exchange and transcending geographic and social boundaries.

At its core, the Young Chefs Olympiad marks the transformative power of food as a universal language. It creates a platform where ambitious chefs from different backgrounds can come together to share their passion, knowledge, and creativity.

Stelian’s remarkable performance in the competition is an example of spirit and perseverance. He showcased his culinary skills and received two honorary awards – for “Best Hygiene and Kitchen Practice” and “Best Knife Skills”. Azerbaijan grabbed the grand victory for the second consecutive year, this time with female participation.

Stelian’s achievement was evidence in support of the event’s core philosophy – to unite the world through the universal language of food. Led by Dr. Suborno Bose, Chairman of the YCO Global Council, this initiative becomes a transformative force for unity and harmony in the culinary community.

After graduation, Stelian embarks on a new chapter in his career, taking advantage of the opportunity to work in the renowned two-Michelin-starred restaurant Ciel Bleu in Amsterdam. His story serves as inspiration, illustrating the endless possibilities that await those who dare to dream and pursue their passion for the culinary arts.

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