The hunt is on to find the UK’s candidate for next year’s Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France, with selections slated to take place at London’s Restaurant Show in September.
Five selected finalists and their commis will compete on 30 September at the Restaurant Show in London. From there the top competitor will be put forward for the Bocuse d’Or European selections in Estonia, due to take place in 2020.
Dubbed the world cup of cuisine, the Bocuse d’Or was set up by Paul Bocuse in 1987, and sees the world’s top chefs compete to push the limits of classic French food. The five-and-a-half hour competition at the Sirah trade fair in Lyon is famous for its sports-stadium atmosphere and paradigm-shifting culinary creations.
Won last year by Denmark’s Kenneth Toft, a British contingent has never won a coveted gold trophy – or a podium position – with last year’s candidate Tom Phillips reaching 10th in the world final. Previous British competitors include Adam Bennett MCA, Simon Hulstone, André Garrett, Eyck Zimmer, John Williams, Anthony Worrall Thompson and Clive Fretwell.
Competitors can apply via the Bocuse d’Or UK website ahead of the 24 June deadline.