From 4 to 6 May, the Czech national subsidiary, together with the Czech Gastronomic Institute, organised the "MAKRO Czech Gastro Fest", the largest event of its kind in the Czech Republic to date. A total of around 15,000 visitors took part in the three-day food congress and festival. The first two days were primarily aimed at professional visitors from the hospitality sector - from restaurateurs and chefs to suppliers and representatives of associations and institutions that support the hospitality industry. In addition to culinary topics, the focus was on current industry topics such as inflation, digitalisation and the recruitment of skilled workers. On the third day, a food festival open to the public took place on the topic of healthy nutrition, the highlight of which was the ceremonial announcement of the winner of the national Bocuse d'Or competition. As the winner of this renowned cooking competition, Dominik Unčovský and his team were able to prevail over nine competitors and is allowed to participate in the final, European Bocuse d'Or finals in Trondheim in 2024. Unčovský has been a makro academy ambassador since last year.
METRO also supports in other countries what is probably the world's most famous cooking competition. The partnership between METRO France and Bocuse d'Or dates back to 2005, when the company became a sponsor in its home country. Since 2013, METRO has also been the official ingredient supplier for the world finals of the Bocuse d'Dor and, with its food and gastronomy expertise, makes an important contribution to the preparation and implementation of the competition.
In addition, METRO has been the main sponsor of the Gourmet Festival in Düsseldorf since 2021. The three-day festival on Düsseldorf's Königsallee is Europe's largest open-air food event with more than 200 national and international gastronomy partners. The support of restaurants, bars and cafés as well as small independent businesses is not only at the heart of METRO's wholesale strategy, but also reflects the company's social responsibility. The company is convinced that a vibrant gastronomy scene is an essential building block for liveable and sustainable cities as well as for a diverse social coexistence.