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Hungarian Pastry Chef Wins Gold at the IKA Culinary Olympics

Fanni Kaszás 2020.02.19.

A Hungarian pastry chef, Krisztina Podmaniczky from Komárom in western Hungary, has won a gold medal at the IKA Culinary Olympics, which was held in Stuttgart, Germany between February 14th-19th. 

Confectioner Krisztina Podmaniczky, who creates her cake masterpieces under the name Kricky, has already won two gold medals and a silver medal at the world championships and she also holds an Olympic silver medal from 2016.

This year, she once again competed at the Culinary Olympics in the individual category, where food artists and carving virtuosos present edible works of art and sculptures made of vegetables, butter, or chocolate. The winning work of art depicts a monkey sitting on the shoulders of an elderly man. All made from edible confectionery ingredients.

She wrote on her Facebook page that she has been doing airbrush techniques in confectionery for over 10 years. Since she started her blog 11 years ago, her followers have been able to follow her evolution from the beginning. She says: “I always try to amaze my followers and guests with realistic, extreme cakes.” This is why her motto is “nothing is as it seems.” With her work, she always keeps joking, her customers and followers can never know whether a work she makes “is real, or a copy made of sugar, be it a roasted beef or a bald cat.”

According to the Olympics website, the IKA is the oldest, largest, and most diverse international culinary arts competition in the world. Full of passion, professional chef teams work on the perfect combination of ingredients, preparation, and presentation. In fair competition, new culinary trends have been created for 100 years.

This year, 2,000 chefs and patisseries from more than 59 countries faced off in the global culinary competition, held every four years just like the Olympics. Between the 14th and 19th of February 2020, the professionals showcased their menus and the art of cooking in Stuttgart, Germany.

featured photo: Podmanoczky Krisztina Facebook