Vera Hovhannisyan wins the Gold for Armenia at World Culinary Olympics

Hasmik Dilanyan

Contrary to popular opinion, the Olympics aren’t just for sporting enthusiasts. There’s another Olympic competition, designed to challenge the world’s top chefs.

Vera Hakobyan of Moscow won the gold medal at the World Culinary Olympics held in Erfurt, Germany, from 5 to 10 October. She participated in the competition under the Armenian flag.

Representatives of 53 participating countries were astonished by the squirrel made of 10 kg of sugar.

The World Culinary Olympics is organized once in four years by the World Association of Cooks.

Vera first participated in the Olympics in 2004 and won the silver. “It was my dream to represent Armenia at the Olympiad and with a gold medal,” she told reporters in Yerevan.

It took her about two months to create the sugar figure of the Ice-Age ‘Scrat.’  Vera got 100 points out of 100 possible.

President of the Armenian Association of Cooks Armen Mandalyan is inspired by Vera’s success. In the near future those interested can see Vera Hovhannisyan’s works at an exhibition in Yerevan, he said.

Vera is going to live in Yerevan and is ready to share her experience with the youth.

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