METRO Cash and Carry Presents the 6th IFCA International Chefs Conference

Asia’s Greatest Culinary Event IFCA to be held in Chennai this year

Chennai, March 20, 2015: Continuing with its initiative to offer hospitality professionals with an interactive knowledge-sharing platform, METRO Cash & Carry India,  the country’s most trusted wholesaler today announced the launch of the 6th IFCA International Chefs Conference in Chennai today. Around 650 Chefs of Indian and International origin will get an excellent opportunity to be part of the three-day long event which features some prominent guest speakers from the hospitality industry.  As the leading food wholesaler in the country and a supporter of culinary innovation, METRO is the chief sponsor of this year’s Annual IFCA Conference.  The Indian Federation of Culinary Associations (IFCA) is a nodal body of culinary professionals in India with more than 10,000 Chefs as members, who are collectively committed to the common cause of sharing cutting edge developments in the culinary arena. IFCA was formed with the idea of developing opportunities for the culinary profession and come together to promote culinary tourism and innovation in Indian cuisine.

The event will witness leading Chefs, gourmands, culinary connoisseurs and food writer participating on various panels to discuss topics like Modern Culinary Procurement, Worldchefs Certification, Schools Recognition, Canadian Culinary Insights, Trends, Diversity and Healthy trends in Future Menus, amongst many other topics.

Speaking on the event, Mr. Rajeev Bakshi, Managing Director, METRO Cash and Carry said, “We are proud to be associated with an event that has brings outstanding culinary talent and expertise on a single platform. By partnering with IFCA, we aim to bring together the best  of the hospitality industry – in terms of leadership, innovation and skills – to help build a supportive community of culinary artistes.  IN serving them, we help serve their customers with the highest standards of quality, freshness and taste.”

Speaking on the occasion, Chef Manjit Singh Gill, President IFCA, said, “The primary focus of IFCA is the promotion of the culinary profession through exchange of ideas and sharing innovations in the world of food and food service.. The initiative will help our community find common ground, identify trends and opportunities to grow professionally and nurture upcoming talent.  IFCA will bring us closer as a community that shares a common passion for exciting cuisine from across the globe.”

A few prominent speakers present at IFCA International Chefs Conference are Cornelia Volino (Canada), Chef Uwe Micheel (Dubai), Chef Willment Leong (Thailand), Chef Thomas A Gugler (Jeddah), Chef Charles Carroll (USA), Chef John Sloane (Singapore) amongst many others.  Also in attendance will be gourmands such as Vir Sanghvi, Inderjit Bajaj, Kiruba Shankar and Kanishka Mazumdar.

METRO Cash & Carry is a globally trusted wholesale food company that supplies high quality products and services to the hospitality industry.  METRO’s relentless focus on quality makes it India only HACCP certified wholesaler, and the winner of the CII National Award for Food Safety & Quality.  Along with its consistent support to small and mid-sized restaurants and dhabas on hygiene as well as customer service, METRO also extends support to the agricultural supply chain through investments in training and sustainable production techniques to ensure farm-to-fork freshness, timeliness and quality for the hospitality industry.

About METRO Cash & Carry

METRO Cash & Carry is represented in 27 countries with over 750 self-service wholesale stores. With a headcount of about 110,000 employees worldwide, the wholesale company achieved sales of about € 32 billion in the financial year 2012/2013. METRO Cash & Carry is a sales division of METRO GROUP. METRO Cash & Carry entered the Indian market in 2003. The company currently operates sixteen wholesale distribution centers including three in Bangalore, two each in Hyderabad and Mumbai, and one each in New Delhi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Jalandhar, Zirakpur, Amritsar, Vijayawada and Indore.

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