APRIL 2018


​THE ASIA-PACIFIC SELECTION OF BOCUSE D’OR UNVEILS ITS 11 CANDIDATES

Bocuse d’Or was created by Paul Bocuse 31 years ago like a sportive show dedicated to chefs, and it has become the world’s most prestigious gastronomy contest. The next Bocuse d’Or Finale will be held on January 29th and 30th, 2019, in Lyon (France) during the Sirha 2019 trade show. But before reaching the Finale, chefs from each continent must go through a continental selection round.

For the first time, Guangzhou will host the Asia-Pacific selection of Bocuse d’Or
Jointly organized by GL events and Lingnan Group, a world-renowned industry company, the AsiaPacific selection of Bocuse d’Or will take place in Guangzhou. As a Gastronomic City, Guangzhou has a long, diverse and rich history of culinary culture and a commitment to gastronomy, which fits perfectly with the vision of Bocuse d’Or to promote world and local culture. The Asia-Pacific selection is set to take place in Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center on May 8th and 9th, 2018, welcoming competitors from 12 countries and visitors, chefs and food lovers from all China and Asia-Pacifi continent.

11 Asia-Pacific candidates and 5 winners to go to the Finale
After a year of national selections, 11 countries have qualified for the Asia-Pacific selection: Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam. Among them, 5 will enter the Finale in 2019: The candidates running order have been decided by drawing lots:

MAY 8th

COUNTRY

CANDIDATE

1

INDONESIA

Bayu Retno Timur

2

JAPAN

Hideki Takayama

3

NEW ZEALAND

Andrew Ballard

4

SRI LANKA

Chamaka Perera

5

CHINA

Alex Fu

6

AUSTRALIA

Michael Cole

MAY 9th

COUNTRY

CANDIDATE

1

INDIA

Ranjit Debnath

2

SOUTH KOREA

Gu Seonyeong

3

SINGAPORE

Noel Ng Choon Wee

4

VIETNAM

Daniel Nguyen

5

THAILAND

Natcha Saengow

Bocuse d’Or is the world’s top gastronomy competition, known as the “Culinary Olympics”
Similar to the qualification rounds of the Olympics, the selection of Bocuse d’Or will lasts for 18 months. In Phase One, 62 national selection rounds are held to select the best chefs from each country.
The national winners then enter continental selections: Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Africa that will select 22 candidates across the world. Meanwhile, the International Organizing Committee of Bocuse d’Or also has the ability to give two “wild cards”, which award 2 outstanding candidates for their performance on the contest.
After the continental selection round, 24 candidates will go to the Finale in Lyon (France).
In the history of the Bocuse d’Or, only 2 candidates from Asia Pacific got on the podium: In 1989, William Wai from Singapore (3rd place) and In 2013, Noriyuki Hamada from Japan (3rd place), who is now the president of the Japan candidates team. We look forward to the Asia-Pacific candidates giving an outstanding performance.

Guangzhou will become the Asian capital of gastronomy
Guangzhou, is a city with more than 2,300 years of history. Since its creation, Guangzhou has always been the “Southern Gate” of China and was China’s sole link with the rest of the world for a prolonged period of time. As the world’s culinary capital and as a gastronomic city, Guangzhou is known all over the world. Today, Chinese restaurants can be seen in every continent, among which Cantonese restaurants account for 60%. As an essential ingredient of China’s culinary culture, Cantonese cuisine has widespread influence among the international culinary community.
On the occasion of Bocuse d’Or, the Dîner des Grands Chefs will host more than 100 famous chefs with more than 200 Michelin stars in LN Garden Hotel Guangzhou on the May 8th, 2018.