Bocuse d’Or USA 2012 Silver Medalist Chef Jeffrey Lizotte gives us a bird’s-eye view into the world’s most prestigious culinary competition!
Tune in to hear how it feels to cook in front of a panel of the greatest chefs in America. Jeff’s interview will place you right in kitchen 2 at The Culinary Institute of America. He gives us an idea of the intensity, stress and pace of this 5 hour competition. Learn what kind of planning and training it takes to compete for a spot in the world renowned competition in Lyon, France. Listen in to hear the inside scoop on the mother of all culinary competitions.
The Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Contest is the most rigorous international culinary competition, held every two years in Lyon, France. Twenty-four countries are selected to compete, and each country’s team is composed of one chef and one commis assistant.Each team is provided five and a half hours to create two elaborate platter presentations, one centered around seafood and one on meat, each accompanied by three original garnishes. The platters are presented before twenty-four judges, each of whom is among the most esteemed chefs in his/her own country. The judges evaluate the overall harmony of flavors in the dish, the presentation of the platter, the techniques employed and the efficiency in which the teams work.The intensity of the spectator’s enthusiasm is unique. Thousands of fans attend the event and are seated in sections in front of their competitors’ booth, waving flags, singing national chants, and providing general encouragement. The noise level of the arena elevates as the candidates race to complete their presentations to the judges. Hundreds of international photo and film journalists canvas the location, broadcasting the competition live around the world.