The winners of the prestigious Bocuse d'Or cooking competition for 2013 have been announced with the host nation France taking top spot.
The winning French team was headed by chef Thibaut Ruggeri. The second place spot went to Jeppe Foldager of Denmark and third place was awarded to Noriyuki Hamada from Japan.
Teams came from all over the world to represent their country with each one asked to produce a meat platter using Irish beef and 14 fish plates using turbot and blue lobster. This year for the first time teams were asked to improvise with fresh ingredients bought the night before the competition.
Japan has become only the second non-European country to place in the top three of the competition.
The UK placed fourth, their best result ever, winning special prizes for best meat dish and best commis chef in Kristian Curtis. The Americans, on the other hand, came in seventh despite efforts to improve their culinary ranking with ambassadors such as Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller helping to coach the teams.
The Bocuse d'Or is a cooking competition held every two years in Lyon, France. It is named after the legendary chef Paul Bocuse.