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Application phase for Internorga's gastro start-up competition underway

EUR 10,000 for winner - star TV chef on jury

Internorga 2017 is now accepting applications for the “Gastronomy Start-up Contest” targeting companies that went into business before September 1, 2015 and those who seek to launch in the sector. Applicants have until December 31, 2016 to enter the contest. The winner receives a cash prize of EUR 10,000 from ECE, Germany’s biggest operator of shopping centres, and advice from the Leaders Club – an association of leading gourmets. The celebrity TV chef, Tim Mälzer, is on next year’s jury.

Launching pad for 2016 winner

Daniel Nawenstein of La Cevicheria, this year’s winning restaurant, said: “The gastronomy start-up contest was a huge launching-pad for us.” The Frankfurt-based restaurant specialising in Peruvian cuisine was fully booked even before it opened. According to Mälzer, the contest is a “perfect platform for young gourmets” and he would not miss the chance offered in 2017.

Application and selection process

A shortlist of nine applicants will be drawn up and presented to Mälzer and the Leaders Club in Hamburg on February 9, 2017. Six finalists will have five minutes to pitch their concepts live at Internorga on March 17, 2017. The professional audience at the fair selects the winner. Applicants have until December 31, 2016 to post their documents to the Leaders Club Deutschland AG or to email them to

Over 1,200 exhibitors expected

Internorga is Europe’s leading trade show for foodservice and hospitality. The fair has been held in Hamburg since 1921. Around 1,300 exhibitors will be attending the fair from March 17-21, 2017. Exhibitors from Germany and abroad will also be presenting their latest products in the Newcomers’ Area. Next year, the exhibitors’ presentations will be enhanced by a huge supporting programme, congresses with international speakers, award presentations and innovative side-events.

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