22 - 27 August 2019

Konstantin Ivlev is the new WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Ambassador

Official events

24.01.2019, 15:23

A new WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Ambassador was announced during the event. Russian chef and TV host, Konstantin Ivlev became a new Ambassador.

Konstantin Ivlev (born on 12 January 1974, in Moscow, USSR) is a Russian chef, TV host, concept chef of Capital Business Group, and brand chef of Delli by Shell.

He has been working in the restaurant industry since 1993. Konstantin graduated from a vocational technical college №19. In 1997, Ivlev took up a position as the head chef in a popular Moscow restaurant, and then he was in charge of some of the most sophisticated restaurants in the Russian capital. Konstantin has become famous for his passion for culinary arts, competing in the Russian Culinary Championship and where he received his first award – a bronze medal. This victory led him to his first Russian award “Chef of the Year” in 2001 and the second one – in 2007. Konstantin is a member of the Chaine des Rotissers in France, and he has headed the Federation of Professional Chefs and Confectioners of Russia since 2008.

Konstantin shared his opinion on his new role: “First of all, every Ambassador should promote the values of the Competition, in other words, popularize skills. I’ll keep doing it and hospitality industry is not the limit, because I'm interested in other fields, as well. There is always something to share with others no matter what you do: painting, building houses or cooking.”

Ivlev gave a thumbs-up to the work done in the capital of Tatarstan in the build-up to the Competition: “Kazan is known as a sports capital. It is a prominent centre of education. I’m sure that Kazan has a great potential, it deserves to be the WorldSkills host city.

I come to Kazan very often for shooting sessions or workshops where I share my experience with caterers and chefs. I’m impressed with how fast Kazan has been developing for the last 10-15 years.”

The new Ambassador highly commended the restaurant industry in Kazan. “The restaurant industry here is very developed and is on the same level with that of Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Needless to say, it is due to a rock-solid local culinary tradition that was perfectly integrated into the modern world. It occurred for a number of reasons: firstly, people love this food; secondly, a variety of dishes attracts tourists.”

He is the author of a wide range of cookery books: “My Cooking Philosophy”, “Kitchen for Real Men”, “Russia cooks at home”, “Cooking is as easy as one-two-three”, and the “Chef’s Lessons” series. 

Konstantin Ivlev completed professional internships at Vatel School (France), Edsbaka Krog Restaurant, the winner of 3 Michelin Guide stars (Sweden), at the Beef Institute (USA), at Juan Maria Arzak Restaurant, the winner of 3 Michelin Guide stars (Spain).

Konstantin is the founder of the “New Russian Cuisine” culinary movement. He combines different cultures and makes his own interpretations of traditional Russian dishes. He finds new approaches to cooking that brings Russian cuisine to a new level.

In 2010, “Ask the Chef” culinary school as part of the Federation of Professional Chefs and Confectioners of Russia, was opened under the guidance of Konstantin Ivlev and Yuri Rozhkov. 

In 2004, Konstantin published his first book called “My Cooking Philosophy”, followed by “Kitchen for Real Men” (2011), and “Cooking at Home” (2013). Now, Konstantin Ivlev is one of the outstanding Russian chefs and founder of the Ivlev Group – creator of Café Siren, E11even, Culture Park and many other restaurant projects in Russia.

TV Projects:

Host of “Football with taste” Programme on Dynamo-TV

Host of the “Area of Taste” on Silver Rain Radio Station

Since June 2016 – host of “Kitchen nightmares” Show on Pyatnitsa TV Channel

Since 2017 – host of “Hell’s Kitchen” Show on the Friday TV Channel.

In the 80th episode of “Kitchen”, he played one of the participants the “Chef” Show

Host of “Ask the Chef”, “Gastronomic Week”, and “New Year Gastronomic Week” on Domashniy TV Channel

“Affordable Taste”, “My and Your Food” on Kukhnya TV Channel

“Eat it immediately!” on STS Channel

Konstantin Ivlev joined the WorldSkills Ambassadors Team, represented by Arkady Novikov, famous restaurateur, cook, TV host and businessman, Boris Akimov, founder of the “LavkaLavka” farm cooperative store, Vladimir Chagin, Russian racing car driver, seven-time winner of the Rally Dakar, Head of the KAMAZ-Master Racing Team, Sergey Krikalev, Soviet and Russian aviation athlete and cosmonaut, Hero of the Soviet Union and First Hero of the Russian Federation, and L’One, Russian rapper and resident of Black Star label, and Russian TV host, actor, showman, and scriptwriter Alexander Gudkov. 

About WorldSkills Kazan 2019

The 45th WorldSkills Competition – the main international event of 2019 in Russia – will bring together more than 1,600 young professionals representing over 60 countries and regions who will compete in 56 skills. It will take place in Kazan on 22-27 August 2019. It is expected that more than 250,000 spectators will attend the Competition and associated events.

Kazan won the right to host the Competition in 2015 having been ahead of other WorldSkills International member countries after voting. The WorldSkills Russia movement embraces 85 Russian regions and is one of the leading staff training projects.

Press Office of WorldSkills Kazan 2019 Competition Organizer