The winner of the recent Bocuse d'Or competition has been accused by competing chefs of breaking the rules, following allegations regarding containers of food brought in just before the competition started.
French chef Fabrice Desvignes took the title at the bi-annual competition, held in Lyon in January, and won prizes including £13,500.
However, a report in The Times had the Danish and German candidates suggesting Desvignes may have brought in pre-cooked ingredients, enabling him to create dishes faster than he could have done from scratch.
The International Organisation Committee responded with a statement quoting the Bocuse d'Or rule-book section which says complaints about this kind of situation must be received within an hour of publication of the results. No complaints were received within that time. However, it added that two boxes were delivered to the French candidate two minutes before the start of the competition, which were checked by the committee and found to contain authorised products such as Foie Gras and silverware.