France reclaims Bocuse d'Or title

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A team of chefs from France has won the Bocuse d'Or cooking competition, beating Scandinavian countries Denmark and Norway to the coveted title.

The team, led by chef Davy Tissot, won the prestigious biennial cooking competition as hosts, with the event being held in Lyon. It is the first time a French team has won the competition, named in honour of French chef Paul Bocuse, since 2013.

Chefs were tasked with creating an ornate platter of food based on using a whole braised beef chuck and a three-course takeaway menu with a focus on tomatoes. As part of the brief, takeaway dishes had to be presented in a box made of plant-based materials, which had to be reusable.

Silver medal went to Denmark, whose team was led by chef Ronni Mortensen, with Norway, led by chef Christian Andre Pettersen, taking home third place.

The UK chef team announced last year that it has withdrawn from the European selection of competition due to the Coronavirus pandemic, saying that it would be unable to compete against other countries with the insufficient funding and preparation time it had.

Earlier this year the Bocuse d’Or UK Academy appointed Clare Smyth​ as its Global Chef Ambassador.

The title returns to France following Denmark’s victory in the competition in 2019.

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