APRIL 2018

Les Etats Unis viennent de remporter la première édition du Bocuse d’Or Americas !

Matthew Kirkley is a name that all the gastronomy world must mark and remember! The 35 years-old chef has just won the Bocuse d’Or Americas 2018, the American selection of the most prestigious gastronomy contest in the world, held on the 12th and 13th of April in Mexico City.

For the first time in the history of the contest, this Bocuse d’Or continental selection included the Northern American countries USA and Canada, and USA was defending its title as Mathew Peters, 2018 Bocuse d’Or Americas Jury President, has won the Bocuse d’Or Finale in 2017.

In front of hundreds of enthusiastic supporters, Matthew Kirkley from USA has impressed the jury composed by the Honorary President Javier Plascencia and legendary Chefs with his technical skills and creativity. His Chilean Salmon Roulade and his Suckling Pig Presented Three Ways won the jury’s favours thanks to the high level of passion and originality of the candidate.

This edition was marked by emotion as it was the first Bocuse d’Or selection after the passing of Paul Bocuse last January, the father and creator of the contest, and Chef of the Century. At the end of an emotional award ceremony, after a moving tribute to the Chef who had dedicated his life to the gastronomy art, the American chef received the trophy from the hands of Jérôme Bocuse, son of Paul Bocuse and now Bocuse d’Or president.


The podium of 2018 Bocuse d’Or Americas

Matthew Kirkley, 35 years old, from the restaurant Ment’or BKB Foundation, San Francisco.
Assisted by Mimi Chen.

2nd PLACE – Canada
Trevor Ritchie, 33 years old, from the restaurant George Brown College, Toronto.
Assisted by Jenna Reich

3rd PLACE – Argentina
Emiliano Schobert, 43 years old, from the restaurant El Obrador, Escuela de Arte Culinario, S.C. de Bariloche.
Assisted by Manuela Carbone

Manuela Carbone from Argentina

5 countries on the road to Lyon

After long months of intense training preparation, doubts and failures, deep concentration and finally two days of exciting competition, 5 countries can be proud to send to the Finale the first candidates over the 24 chefs who will be selected. They will reach the acme of their extraordinary adventure.

For these 5 chefs who achieved a great performance, an intense preparation program begins as of now, with one objective in mind: be the best Chef in the world!







Matthew Kirkley

Ment’or BKB Foundation, San Francisco



Trevor Ritchie

George Brown College, Toronto



Emiliano Schobert

El Obrador, Escuela de Arte Culinario, S.C. de Bariloche



Luiz Filipe de Azevedo e Souza

Evvai, São Paulo



Mauricio Núñez

Achiga, Las Condes

A great human adventure

The Bocuse d’Or is about promoting local and traditional gastronomy, but also revealing young Chefs from all countries in the world. The candidates invest tremendous time and energy in the preparation of the contest, in the national and continental selections, to promote their culinary legacy and win their ticket to go to the Finale that can change their lives and careers.

From the beginning of their participation, all the candidates are caught on the vortex of a breath-taking human adventure that will take them around the world, in the heart of the large, international and inspiring family of the Bocuse d’Or.

“For each of the 11 candidates, the Bocuse d’Or is the most wonderful and rewarding human adventure there is. It is once in a life-time experience that shapes a Chef for all his professional life”
Florent Suplisson, Gastronomy events director

Save the date for January 29th and 30th 2019, for the Bocuse d’Or Finale on the Sirha trade show!