Finalists for Bocuse d’Or UK selection revealed

Finalists for Bocuse d’Or UK selection revealed
Ruth Hansom, head chef at Pomona in London and Young National Chef of the Year winner 2017
09/08/2019 - 09:19
The Bocuse d’Or UK Academy has revealed the four chefs who will compete in the Bocuse d’Or national selection at The Restaurant Show on 30 September.

The late Paul Bocuse, a French chef ‘celebrated world-wide for the high quality of his restaurants’ and his ‘innovative’ approach to cuisine, founded the Bocuse d’Or in 1987.

The winning chef will go onto compete in the European heats of the Bocuse d’Or due to take place in Estonia (June 2020). The world final takes place every second January in Lyon, the culinary capital of France. Last year more than 62 countries entered the competition.

The four finalists are: 

  • Ian Musgrave, sous chef at The Ritz London and British Culinary Federation Chef of the Year 2018.
  • Luke Selby, Great British Menu winner 2019 and Roux Scholar 2017 and National Chef of the Year 2018.
  • Robert Sussex from 1 More London Place and National Chef of the Year 2019 semi-finalist.
  • Ruth Hansom, head chef at Pomona in London and Young National Chef of the Year winner 2017 and The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Michael Bourdin Scholar 2016.

The UK has competed in all but one world final with former contestants including Adam Bennett of The Cross at Kenilworth, Simon Hulstone of The Elephant in Torquay and André Garrett of the Corinthia Hotel in London.

Each of the four finalists will receive coaching and mentoring from the UK culinary team- including Adam Bennett MCA, John Williams OBE and the 2019 Bocuse d’Or UK candidate Tom Phillips. The UK has yet to reach the podium the closest they came was in 2013 when Adam Bennett and Kristian Curtis reached 4th place.

The judges at the Bocuse d’Or national selection will be looking for ‘culinary technique, complexity where appropriate and harmony of combinations’ within the three hour 45 minute cook-off.

For more information about the Bocuse d’Or, visit: http://bocusedoruk.co.uk/join-the-journey-bocuse-dor-uk/

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