LT11 The Flavour Challenge

Competition details (including date and time)

LT11 The Flavour Challenge

45 minute competition

Tuesday 1st March, 1105hrs-1150hrs

Open to teams of two chefs, you will have 45 minutes to prepare, cook and present a two-course meal for two covers, which can comprise a starter and main course or a main course and dessert. Entrants must theme both of their chosen courses on one of the following four flavour trends, as highlighted in the 2015 Flavour Forecast.  These insights reflect emerging global trends that are shaping the tastes of the future so we are looking for competitors that can demonstrate originality and an ability to create a stimulating combination of dishes:

Sour + Salt

Umami Vegetables

Cookies Reimagined

Smoked Spices

To see the full 2015 Flavour Forecast, a more in-depth explanation of these trends and some inspirational ideas, go to www.mccormickflavoursolutions.co.uk.

All entries must be submitted with recipes, which will become the property of the sponsor.  The winners will receive an engraved trophy and publicity in the trade press.  Your recipes will also be featured on the sponsor’s website and will form part of the Schwartz recipe collection for 2016. 

Samples of herbs and spices are available for practise from Schwartz (see www.mccormickflavoursolutions.co.uk for details of the full range) but competitors will be expected to smoke their own on the day of the competition if choosing to feature ‘Smoked Spices’ in their menu.

For further details please contact McCormick (UK) Ltd on 08081 000363 or email uk.foodservice@mccormick.co.uk.


Additonal information for this class

This class will be judged primarily around the flavour forecast criteria supplied by the sponsor. Therefore a written menu description is paramount to explain the competitors thought process, aiding the judges when marking the combinations. Modern cooking techniques are encouraged here and any slow cooking needed to be pre-cooked will be accepted. This is a tasted class. 


McCormick Flavour Solutions 

Arrival Time 

Minimum one hour before competition 1005hrs. Please report to Live Theatre registration when you arrive.

Equipment Provided 

Workstations comprise a 6 ring burner, oven and grill, electricIty points, plumbed in sinks and hand wash basins. There is also access to refrigeration and a freezer.

A visual of a workstation can be viewed below.

Ingredients Provided

Appropriate herbs and spices are available from Schwartz (see www.mccormickflavoursolutions.co.uk for details of the full range) but competitors will be expected to smoke their own on the day of the competition if choosing to feature ‘Smoked Spices’ in their menu

Hygiene Products


Cleaning chemicals such as sanitisers, degreasers and washing up liquid will be provided by Ecolab.

Cling Film, Foil and Baking Paper will be provded by Wrapex.

What are judges looking for?


To view a copy of a Live Theatre Judging Sheet please click here


Judges will be available at the Live Theatre for feedback after the judging has been completed, all competitors should make time to do this.


Results will be announced by the Compere and posted on the results board as soon as possible after judging is complete.

Presentation of awards –


Salon Culinaire Awards Ceremony, Live Theatre 1400hrs.

Entry into the show

All competitors and colleagues must register online as a Salon Culinaire Competitor at www.hotelympia.com/salon 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, Live Theatre is located at the end of the hall. If you need drop-off faclilities 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 Live Theatre for unloading. There is no faciity to park on the Lorryway, once you have finshed 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, please park in the Undercroft Car Park and proceed with light Equipment to Live Theatre Registration.