Hideki TAKAYAMA just made history during the Bocuse d’Or Asia-Pacific 2018 and becomes the best chef of Asia-Pacific continent this year! On May 9th 2018 in Guangzhou (China) the Japanese chef has won his ticket to the finale of the Bocuse d’Or, the most prestigious gastronomy contest in the world, along with Thailand, South Korea, Australia, Singapore and China. Thanks to the cooperation between Lingnan Group, the City of Guangzhou and GL events, the contest was a tremendous success!
After 2 days of an intense competition presided by Stefan Stiller and under the eyes of hundreds of enthusiastic supporters, Hideki TAKAYAMA has won the favours of the jury composed by Jérôme Bocuse (President of Bocuse d’Or), Alvin Leung (President of Honour), Kotaro Hasegawa (President of the Jury), and the presidents of each team.
As expected, because Japan has always been the front runner, Hideki TAKAYAMA presented outstanding dishes: Australian Veal tenderloin with Morels, white asparagus and Vegetables mille-feuille and Salmon with verbena sauce, green asparagus, shiitake, Yuzu and Sancho, Royale with dashi.
Created 31 years ago by the Chef of the Century Paul Bocuse, the Bocuse d’Or is today the most dazzling and challenging gastronomy contest in the world. To win the Asia-Pacific selection is an accomplishment for the Japanese chef, who received the coveted trophy by the hands of Jérôme Bocuse, son of Paul Bocuse and now Bocuse d’Or President.
THE PODIUM OF 2018 BOCUSE D’OR ASIA-PACIFIC SELECTION
1st PLACE – JAPAN
Hideki TAKAYAMA, 40years old, from Maison de Taka Ashiya, Ashiya City
Assisted by Sho YAMAMOTO
2nd PLACE – THAILAND
Natcha SAENGOW, 23 years old, from Dusit Thani College, Bangkok
Assisted by Thanathip PIYAKAMPERM
3rd PLACE – SOUTH KOREA
Seon Yeong GU, 24years old, from GATI Company, Seoul
Assisted by Jin Won LEE
Along with them, 3 others chefs will go to the Finale of Bocuse d’Or and compete to be awarded Best Chef of the world:
4th PLACE – AUSTRALIA
Michael COLE, 34 years old, from Georgie Bass Cafe & Cookery School, Flinders Hotel
Assisted by Laura Skvor
5th PLACE – SINGAPORE
Noel NG CHOON WEE, 37 years old, from Fairmont Singapore & Swissotel The Stamford, Singapore
Assisted by Joe CHONG MING JIE
WILD CARD – CHINA
Zhu Wei FU, 38 years old, from Taian Table, Shanghai
Assisted by Joe Wei LIU
For these 6 chefs, the extraordinary human adventure continues and an intense preparation program begins as of now, to be the best chef during the Finale, scheduled in January 2019 in Lyon, France, during the Sirha trade show.
BEST COMMIS PRIZE: Laura SKVOR from Australia
SPECIAL PLATTER PRIZE: Ranjit DEBNATH from India
SPECIAL PLATE PRIZE: Noel NG CHOON WEE from Singapore
NEXT STEP: THE FINALE DURING THE SIRHA TRADE SHOW IN FRANCE
Every two years, the Sirha trade show, the World Hospitality & Food Service event, brings together 208 000 professionals and showcases worldwide novelties and trends of more than 3 000 exhibitors. Held in Lyon, France, every January of odd years, it hosts prestigious contests, as the Finales of the Bocuse d’Or and the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtisserie (International Pastry Cup).
The next Sirha edition will be held from January 26th to 30th January 2019. After 62 national selections and 4 continental rounds, it will be the time for 24 young chefs, among which the five selected chefs of this 2018 Asia-Pacific selection of the Bocuse d’Or, to demonstrate their skills and to promote their culinary legacy during the Finale that can change their lives and careers.
Save the date for January 29th and 30th 2019, for the Bocuse d’Or Finale on the Sirha trade show!