The 2011 Bocuse d’Or Chef’s Culinary Challenge Results & Event Recap
Bocuse d’Or : Rasmus KOFOED, representing DENMARK
Bocuse d’Argent : Tommy MYLLYMÄKI, representing SWEDEN
Bocuse de Bronze : Gunnar HVARNES, representing NORWAY
After looking at the photo album from the Bocuse d’Or Chef’s Culinary Challenge from Lyon, France I can barely breathe right now let alone type. I’m literally shaking and my knees are weak as I write this post. It’s left me with goosebumps. I am the biggest food geek. I’ve always had great respect and appreciation for chefs and culinary talent, but the photos from this event… has left me speechless…
The next morning…
A must do before I die: Attend a Bocuse d’Or Culinary Challenge. Now that I’ve calmed down, I think I’m able to write about this. The photos I am about to show you represent the best culinary talent worldwide. It’s not only the best looking food I’ve ever seen in my life, but it is THE best looking food I have ever ever ever seen in my life.
On January 25, 2011 in Lyon, France, 24 of the very best chefs from 54 countries competed in the most prestigious culinary competition in the world. Competitors have been preparing for years and training for months for a competition that takes place over 2 days and only happens every 2 years.
Each chef is given five and a half hours to prepare one seafood and one meat dish. Each plate must be presented with 3 different garnishes and contain a total of 12 servings. The official and mandatory ingredients for the competition included the use of Scottish Lamb for the meat dish and Monkfish, Crab, and Scottish Langoustine for the fish dish.
At the start of this year I had the great honour and pleasure to attend the final practice run through and exclusive menu tasting of our Bocuse d’Or Canadian Chef Ryan Stone. See my post here. Although I wasn’t in Lyon, I was able to get photos of the event courtesy of Joomeo. For more photos the Username is: sirha and the password is: photos.
Competitors: Each competing chef must have won a qualifying competition in their own country before they can enter – see more here. Each country sends their chef, one apprentice under 22 years of age and one judge. Out of 54 countries the 24 finalists competing this year include: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, CANADA, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Iceland, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Uruguay.
So they’re good at hockey and at cooking! Canada sure has its competition! The Scandinavian chefs dominated the podium as they took gold, silver and bronze in the most prestigious culinary challenge in the world. The 2011 Bocuse d’Or champion is Rasmus KOFOED, representing DENMARK. He previously won silver and bronze in the competition and this time he walked away with the Bocuse d’Or 2011 trophy and €20, 000 in prize money. Our very own Canadian team, led by Chef Ryan Stone placed 12th, USA 10th, and for the first time ever France did not medal.
The Canadian team was very pleased with their final creation, however the judges didn’t seem as receptive. I can’t say “everyone’s a winner”, because we know that’s not all true, but I will say being picked as the ONE chef to represent your entire country is definitely something to be damn proud of. To Chef Ryan Stone: Congratulations! Your talent has been recognized by thousands of people and I hope to see you in the competition again.
The Final Platters and Plates
The following photos are supposed to represent the BEST of the BEST food worldwide. They made my eyes pop, my mouth water and my heart skip a beat. I almost cried just looking at them… I hope you just had a big meal because these photos will blow you away.
These are only some of the final platters and plating from the 2011 Bocuse d’Or Chef’s Culinary Challenge in Lyon, France.
CANADA – Canadian Chef Ryan Stone’s Seafood Platter that I had the pleasure of sampling in Vancouver – see here.
CANADA – Canadian Chef Ryan Stone’s Meat Platter that I also tried – see here.
The following photos are from the 2011 Bocuse d’Or CATERING Culinary Challenge