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Bocuse d'Or Americas 2018


S.Pellegrino at Bocuse d’Or Americas 2018

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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.

Team Canada came in 2nd at the first edition of the Bocuse d’Or Americas 2018 which took place on the 12th and 13th of April in Mexico City. They will be joined by USA (winner), Argentina (3rd), Brazil (4th) and Chile (5th) at the Bocuse d’Or Finale held in Lyon, France in 2019.

This contest was the first since the passing of the founder of Bocuse d’Or, Paul Bocuse. An emotional tribute marked the presentation of the awards.

11 teams, composed of the candidates, a commis and a coach, had precisely 5 hours and 35 minutes to prepare a platter composition (which needed to feature a suckling pig and two types of berries) and a plated dish (using a whole salmon and crab) to a panel of judges. 

Recipes Marrying Canadian Ingredients and Techniques

Chef Trevor Richie was joined by Jenna Reich (commis) and James Olberg (coach) representing Canada as he presented his elaborate suckling platter composition that displayed variations of suckling pig with authentic Canadian flavors.  Across the platter and the plated dish challenge, the chef represented the Canadian heritage by utilizing ingredients such as wild chaga mushrooms, dates, cranberry chutney and maple leaves, integrating them with French cooking styles, in the true spirit of Bocuse d’Or.

What’s Next

The top 5 who qualified in the Americas selection will soon be joined by the winners of the other two continental selection rounds – Bocuse d’Or Asia-Pacific to take place on May 8-9, and Bocuse d’Or Europe on June 11-12. 24 total candidates will then to head to the grand finale in Lyon, France.

Other competitors at this year’s Americas qualifier included Mexico (host country), Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and Uruguay.

Bocuse d’Or, often known as the gastronomic Olympics was first founded in 1987 and brings together the top chefs from around 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 follow chef Trevor Richie and team Canada through their journey on the road to the gastronomic capital of Lyon! 

Plates from USA winner team