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The first day of Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious culinary competition, has ended.
12 countries from a total of 24 kicked off day one: Morocco, Hungary, Argentina, Norway, Chile, Iceland, Brazil, Canada, Italy, United Kingdom, Denmark and current title holders the United States.
Watch Gavin Kaysen on the rise of USA at Bocuse.
The teams - made up of two chefs, one mentor and an army of advisors - spent five hours preparing two creations to serve to 26 judges made of the world’s best chefs.
For the first edition since the terrible loss of Paul Bocuse, the man who started it all, chefs were asked to present platters themed around the great chef’s work: a homage to the pope using a clean veal rack with five prime chops as the main ingredient.
“The difficulty is to respect the tradition while proposing something original and modern, said Régis Marcon, president of international organisation committee for Bocuse d’Or.
Yannick Alléno, who himself competed in the competition, spoke to Fine Dining Lovers about his own staff member, Martino Ruggieri who was representing Italy.
Watch the interview with chef Alléno.
The second theme for the chefs was to create a vegetable and seafood chartreuse, an idea chosen as homage to Joel Robuchon - another great chef lost in 2018. The chefs had to respect some constraints: not all the seafood could be inside the chartreuse, it could not be bigger than 20 cm and it had to contain 50 percent of vegetables.
None of the jury are allowed to comment on day one, so it’s unknown if any of the countries will reach the final podium.
Watch the livestream and stay tuned to Fine Dining Lovers on Instagram to see all the results as they’re announced.