Aussie pride at Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific 2018, sponsored by S.Pellegrino
S.Pellegrino is the official partner of the Bocuse d’Or, supporting the world renowned gastronomic competition for many years running. An icon of Italian style and quality, S.Pellegrino is the water choice of the finest establishments and continues its involvement in important gastronomical events worldwide.
At this year’s Bocuse d’Or Asia Pacific which took place on the 8th and 9th of May in Guanghzou, China, team Australia, represented by chef Michael Cole, beat the stiff competition and came in at 4th place. He will be taking Australia to the finals that will be held at Lyon, France in 2019. Cole was supported by commis Laura Skvor who also shined at the competition by taking home the Best Commis prize, an award acknowledging the contribution of young chefs. Both were in good company with chef Scott Pickett as coach for the team – Pickett is also currently the mentor for the Pacific region candidate of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018.
Australia joins Japan, who came in first, Thailand (2nd), South Korea (3rd), Singapore (5th) and China, making up a total of six teams to enter the finals. China was a surprise wild card entry announced during the ceremony.
12 chefs assisted by their commis and coach, and had precisely 5 hours and 35 minutes to prepare a platter composition (which needed to feature the six month-old Australian veal tenderloin from Queensland) and a plated dish (using salmon from the Sichuanese Mountains) to a panel of judges that included Jérôme Bocuse, the son of the founder Paul Bocuse who passed away earlier this year. The key was to incorporate flavours representing the cultural heritage of each country.
The top 6 of the Asia Pacific selection will be joined by those of the other two continental selection rounds – Bocuse d’Or America (won by USA), and Bocuse d’Or Europe which is to take place on June 11-12 in Turin, Italy. 24 total candidates will then head to the grand finale in Lyon, France.
Bocuse d’Or, often known as the gastronomic Olympics was first founded in 1987 and brings together the top chefs from the world in a competition held every 2 years. It is a true showcase of passion and technique in the spirit of it’s French founder, Paul Bocuse.
Stay tuned on S.Pellegrino’s social media and official channels as we keep you up to date on this exciting competition as the teams on the road to Lyon!