Bocuse d’Or

l_4136_bocusetrophiesBig news! France just won the Bocuse d’Or (bokooz door) culinary competition in Lyon. The competition has been held every other year since 1987. It bears the name of celebrity chef Paul Bocuse who founded the competition. A panel of 12 celebrity judges taste their way through the best food in the world prepared by the best chefs.
bocusejudgesThis is no chili cook-off. It’s a two-day contest with teams from 24 countries. Each chef has exactly five hours and 35 minutes to prepare a beef platter as well as one with seafood, in addition to vegetable garnishes. Those final hours are the last step in four years of training. It’s the gastonomic Olympics.

team-franceBefore this win, France had scored gold several previous times (as well as silver and bronze), but they’d come up short of the top prize since 2007. The French team was captained by Thibaut Ruggeri of Maison Lenôtre who walked away with 20,000 Euros in prize money in addition to the statue in the likeness of Bocuse.

51Asy92Sa8L__SL75_Mastering the Art of French Cooking, 50th Anniversary Edition, by Julia Child

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Bocuse d’Or

  1. ddoosterhoff says:

    I saw a news clip about the preparations of the Canadian team for this competition. The head chef had left his then job because prepping for the competition requires that much time and preparation. Truly a big competition!

  2. Cliff Gilbert says:

    I’d like to volunteer to be one of the judges. I have 53 years of eating experience. I’d even agree to help wash up afterwards!

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