Sirha 2013: success for the world restaurant and hotel congress, a milestone for Délice on Tour

14 February 2013

The 30th Sirha congress, held between the 26th and 30th January 2013 in Lyon, was a sell-out. With more than 185,000 trade delegates and some 18,715 well known chefs, the Sirha once again proved to be the leader in the field and at the same time Lyon re-affirmed its gastronomic credentials.

Sirha 2013, a successful congress

The world congress for those in the restaurant and hotel trades attracted the crowds and gave delegates plenty to see and think about as can be seen from the 2013 figures:

  • 2,980 exhibitors and brands
    • of which 21% were international
  • 185,450 trade professionalsServices for professionals (up 14 % by comparison with 2011)
    • of which 23,409 were international delegates from 138 countries
  • 18,715 chefs from 86 countries
  • 800 French and international journalists
  • 200 dishes tasted by the Bocuse d'Or 2013 and 2013 Pastry World Cup judges won this year by the Lyon pastry chef Joffrey Lafontaine
  • 38 different programmes on Sirha TV
  • 39 round tables with 120 speakers.

World Cuisine Summit 2013, a memorable first

The 1st convention of the World Cuisine Summit was held in Lyon on Monday 28th January as part of Sirha 2013.

This 1st summit gathered together more than 1,000 trade professionals and opinion leaders in the food service sector - managers and operational staff, marketing directors and R&D staff, chefs and restaurant managers, designers and journalists - coming from all over the world to examine, debate and challenge.

Sirha 2013, the Délice network gathers followers

As the forum for world gastronomy, the Sirha is the place to exchange ideas with the overseas delegates of the Délice network. Ever more numerous, representatives of the cities in the network have responded to the gastronomic call of Lyon.

The Délice international network was launched in 2007 by the City of Lyon. There are now 18 cities in the network, mostly European, with one in Japan (Osaka), 4 cities on the American continent (Chicago, Saint- Louis, Montreal and Puebla) as well as one North African city (Rabat).

The network of gastronomic cities of the world offers a unique opportunity to exchange ideas on gastronomy and food quality, it encourages the sharing of best practice around 5 major topics:

  • marketing
  • training and the passing on of ideas
  • local foods
  • health and nutrition
  • excellence of chefs.

This year in Lyon the Délice network concentrated on the question of urban and peri-urban agriculture when faced with social demands as regards food: short cuts, quality and traceability of products, nutritional balance etc.

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Over and above the Pastry World Cup victory 2013 of the Lyon chef Joffrey Lafontaine, two other chefs from a member city of the Délice network (Birmingham in the UK) were winners of the Bocuse d'Or 2013 in the Meat Dish and Best Kitchen Commis sections.