The 3rd Lidl Cyprus Sustainable Gastronomy Competition, which took place on May 4, was completed with great success this year, while the award ceremony took place on June 15 in the garden of the Lidl Food Academy.
The Sustainable Gastronomy Competition is organized annually in the context of the World Day of Sustainable Gastronomy, designated by the international community on June 18. The competition is an initiative of Lidl Cyprus under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Sports and Youth, the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment, and the Cyprus Chefs Association. Its main objective is to inform, raise awareness, and support the adoption of new, more sustainable practices in the field of gastronomy.
The students of the Culinary Arts programs of Intercollege, Miltos Miltiadou, Christos Papadopoulos and Andreas Shiakallis, took part in the competition under the supervision and guidance of instructors Maria Charitou and Christiana Siatha.
The contestants were asked to set up a creative menu that stands out in taste, and at the same time, meets the criteria set by the committee, which were, among others, the seasonality, the locality of the raw materials, the low consumption of energy and water, the use of sustainable products and recyclability of packaging.
Sustainable gastronomy is defined by the UN’s International Food and Agriculture Organization as “cuisine that takes into account where its ingredients come from, how products are grown and how they reach markets and, ultimately, our plates”. Recognizing the positive impact of sustainable gastronomy on the environment of today and tomorrow, on the health of consumers as well as on the efficient use of resources, through the competition, Lidl Cyprus promotes this philosophy, with the hope and perspective that new, more sustainable tactics and practices.
Sustainability, respect and protection of the environment, as well as conscious and responsible consumption, are central to the values of Lidl Cyprus, something that can be seen in practice through its actions and actions aimed at the road to a better tomorrow both for our planet and for everyone.