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S5 4 Course Fine Dining Meal

Competition details (including date)

S5 4 Course Fine Dining Meal

Monday 29th February 0730hrs – 1700hrs

The challenge is for a team of two chefs to compose and create a 4 course fine dining meal fit for a fine dining experience. Menu to consist of 4 courses and the fourth course can be either a pre -starter/snack or a pre dessert or palette cleanser to competitor’s choice. Dishes to be prepared hot served cold. A menu is to be provided for judging. Judges will be looking for balance and composition a suitable glaze can be used to enhance the presentation


Additional information for this class

Table presentation  should be pleasing and easily understood, a menu card is helpful in directing the judges on ingredients, and how the dishes are put together. Service plates should be appropriate for food service and there to enhance the presentation to the customer. Competitors are reminded that serving plates, dishes  need to be practical and food safe.


Le Cordon Bleu London

Arrival Time

0730hrs – 0845hrs. Please report to Salon Display Registration when you arrive.

Re-touch area

There will be a re-touch area located close to the Salon Display registration desk. This will comprise trestle tables, a plumbed in sink with hot and cold water, and power points.

The re-touch area should be used for finishing touches only, not full assembly. 

Competitor’s Exhibit Reference Details

Labels will be issued to be attached to the top visual side of each entry. A second label will be attached underneath.


All judging is blind, using reference numbers, and will commence promptly at 0900hrs each morning.

What are judges looking for?

Judges are looking for four well balanced courses as part of  fine dining meal. Competitors are reminded that the plates should follow the  intended course order and easily identified. Each course must be complete with the appropriate vegetables, garnishes and sauces applicable to each plate. Competitors should ensure that sizes are balanced throughout and correct cooking of main items are shown. The overall display may follow a theme if desired. Glazing should be neat and free from tears or blemishes.

To view a copy of a judging sheet for Salon Display please click here.


Judges will be available in the vicinity of the exhibits after judging has been completed, all competitors should make time to do this.


Results will be recorded on award cards adjacent to the exhibit.

Security of Dishes

All reasonable care will be taken for the security of dishes and equipment, the Management Team will not be responsible for any loss or damage to exhibits, dishes, equipment or personal effects. Competitors are advised to suitably insure dishes for display. It is the individual’s responsibility to cover this personal risk.

Removal of Exhibits

All exhibits must be removed at 1700hrs or just after and not before. The Management Team have the right to remove and destroy exhibits remaining after such time. The Management Team may remove any exhibit deemed to be unhygienic or below standard.

Presentation of awards –


Salon Culinaire Awards Ceremony, Live Theatre, Food and Drink section of Hotelympia.


Entry into the show

All competitors and colleagues must register online as a Salon Culinaire Competitor at passes will be emailed direct.

Arriving at the show and accessing the hall

Hotelympia is in the South Hall at ExCeL at the East end of the venue. The closest entrance from the Central Boulevard is S7 turn right as you enter the show. If you need drop-off facilities then please proceed to the Lorry Marshalling Yard and go to the Traffic Administration Office. On production of your Salon Culinaire Vehicle Pass (which will be sent to you) you will be directed to the lorryway to gain access to Vehicle Door S10,which is closest to Salon Display for unloading. The Salon Display registration desk and re-touch area are located close this door. There is no faciity to park on the Lorryway, once you have finished unloading you must immediately remove your vehicle and proceed to the Undercroft Car Park.

Please note if you do not require unloading facilities, for easier and quicker access, you can park in the Undercroft Car Park and proceed to Salon Display