Renewal of Birmingham – Lyon culinary links

Photo by Christopher Clark

Links between the Midlands-based British Culinary Federation and Lyon-based chef organisation, Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises, were formally renewed at Birmingham Council House on 7 April.

The relationship between the two chef organisations has been in place since the first signing of the Protocole d’Entente in 1992 and is renewed every four years in Lyon or Birmingham. Activities between the two organisations include chef exchanges for trainee and professional chefs.

The official signing of the memorandum was followed by the national “Chef of the Year” competition at University College Birmingham. Chefs from both the British Culinary Federation and Les Toques Blanches Lyonnaises featured on the panel of judges.

Birmingham’s culinary connections to its partner city of Lyon also include being the only UK member of Délice, an international network of 20 cities founded by the City of Lyon which promotes the benefits of culinary excellence and food tourism promotion.