The Swedish cuisine is the cuisine of the Swedish people. Due to Sweden’s large North–South expanse, there are regional differences between the cuisine of the North Sweden and the South. Historically, in the far North, meats such as reindeer, and other (semi-) game dishes were eaten, some of which have their roots in the Sami culture, while fresh vegetables have played a larger role in the South. Many traditional dishes employ simple, contrasting flavours,such as the traditional dish of meatballs and brown cream sauce with tart, pungent lingonberry jam (slightly similar in taste to cranberry sauce).
Young Student Chefs from 67+ nations after getting selected from different colleges from 67+ nations, will fly down to India on 26th January (67th republic day for India) to represent their country in a cook-off that will last 4 days starting 29th January to 1st February. The results will be collated and the Grand Finale is scheduled on Monday 1st February 2015 at Kolkata.
Pontus Lindgren is an 18 years old student at Virginska College who is studying in his final year of cookery at the Restaurant faculty. Pontus is a very ambitious and disciplined student and is very dedicated to cooking. Pontus understands the hard work and passion that is necessary to become a skilled professional chef. During his short career he has represented Virginska College in both national and international competitions one of which being the Annual European Competition “AEHT 2015” where his team claimed the bronze medal in the category nouvelle cuisine. Two of his future dreams and ambitions are to compete in Bocuse d´Or and also to work in a Michelin stared restaurant. After a period of work experience in Belgium, Pontus realised the importance of experiencing new cultures and cuisines as a part of his education within the world of restaurants and food.
Virginska College is situated in the beautiful city of Orebro in the very heart of Sweden and a population of 130000 makes it the seventh largest city in the country. Its closeness to Stockholm,Gothenburg and Oslo also makes it a natural logistical centre for Scandinavia. At Virginska College there are about 1300 students. The school offers vocational training such as Business Studies, Childcare , Floristry, Hairdressing, Stylist, Textile-design, Hotel and Tourism and Restaurant and Catering. It also offers studies that can lead students towards higher education. At the Restaurant and catering department students study for three years and specialise in either cookery, bakery- and patisserie or waiting. To help students reach their goals and achieve excellence we believe in providing opportunities for them to compete, partake in work experience, work on projects and involve themselves in internationalisation. We believe this helps the students both on a personal and educational level.