IACC-Americas Connect 2018

IACC Global Copper Skillet

The final stage of the Copper Skillet Competition will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at the Franklin Institute. During the competition, six chefs from around the globe will compete for the coveted Copper Skillet Award and take home the title of the Conference Venue Chef of the Year. Take this opportunity to network with industry peers while watching an exciting display of culinary expertise. You won’t want to miss it!

Meet the Chefs!

Junior Category Chefs include:

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Cristian Fratieanu - De Vere Oxford Thames | United Kingdom

Cristian is a young, motivated and passionate chef with outstanding talent and a great future in the industry. He started his career in a high end restaurant and over the last two years has been mentored by Claudio at De Vere Oxford Thames. Starting in April 2015 Cristian straight away showed talent and promise and has since proved this by being promoted twice, first to Junior Sous Chef and most recently to Senior Sous Chef, leading the team of 6 CDPs and 1 Junior Sous Chef.








Senior Category Chefs include:

Dhruba Dutta Bhatta- Macquarie Graduate School of Management | Australia 


Gregory Halgand 

Grégory Halgand- Chalet Royalp Hotel & Spa | Switzerland

Chef, Grégory Halgand, is passionate about seasonal cuisine and making dishes made from fresh-farm food.

With many years of experience, this French Chef from the region of Brittany has proven himself capable at many prestigious establishments. He has worked with Bernard Loiseau, at his 3 star Michelin, and with Mr. Patrick Jeffroy as his 2 star Michelin in Carantec. He also worked as sous-chef with Mr. Jean-Luc Rabanel at Arles where he participated to gain the second Michelin Star. Later, he worked in prestigious palaces in Paris with Eric Briffard’s team at  the 2 star Michelin, Georges V, as well as la Tour d’ Argent, before joining the RoyAlp team as Chef Adjoint (May 2015). His hard work was enough to earn him the 1 star at the Jardin des Alpes, fine-dining restaurant of the RoyAlp.

During his career, Grégory Halgand was given various culinary awards, such as the 2nd Prize at the Toques d’Or, and 2nd Prize, Prosper Montagne, and finally won the 3rd place in the Swiss competition for the 2016 prestigious Taittinger culinary competition. 

In 2018, the team won 1 Michelin Star for the fine-dining restaurant, le Jardin des Alpes and 16 points in Gault & Millau 2018. 


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