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Review of the 29th ICA – Network event in Bonn 2019

29th ICA-Network Event

The Institute for Culinary Art (ICA) is one of the largest food service industry networks in Germany. Once a year the members meet for an active exchange of current and future-oriented topics. We have been supporting the network since 2013 and have not missed any of the exciting network meetings since then. This year the event took place in the impressive World Conference Center Bonn.

In addition to interesting lectures on alternative packaging, future business models and successful multi-branding, the focus was on the hot topic of skills shortages.

The ICA, together with leading companies in the industry, has created a unique image platform (Jobverliebt) as well as a platform for up-and-coming talents with a love of jobs. The next goal is to make the personnel network more attractive and interesting with the help of an industry campaign in order to establish it as the largest platform for specialists in the catering sector. It should be emphasized that the platform is free of charge, both for the company and for the applicant.

Cooking is awesome! The Guerilla Chefs want to bring the spirit back into the kitchen, rethink the cooking profession and act as a link between motivated guerrillas and companies from catering to foodservice. Simon Kolar, the head of the Community would like to motivate young people to become cook and supports additionally with its movement also ICA members as partners with ideas for their Events.

The highlight was definitely the appearance of weightlifter Matthias Steiner. As Olympic Champion, European Champion and World Champion in super heavyweight over 105 kg, he asked himself the provocative question of; What I’m fighting for? Very personally and emotionally he highlighted the topic: “Training is measurable – success can be planned!

As usual, the event was rounded off with culinary delicacies and the members exchanged ideas until late into the night in an exuberant atmosphere.

We will be there again next year and are curious what we can expect on the 09th of June 2020 in Mannheim.