Bragard UK Prepare to Support UK Candidates in Lyon at the Bocuse d’Or this January
Bragard UK is a proud sponsor of the Bocuse d’Or for the forthcoming international final at the end of January.
On the 29th and 30th of January Mauricia Butler of Bragard UK is looking forward to joining the British team in Lyon comprising: President Simon Rogan, candidate Tom Phillips, coach Adam Bennett and commis Nathan Lane (pictured above).
Mauricia Butler, Sales and Marketing Manager of Bragard UK said
“The Bocuse d’Or holds massive prestige on a worldwide level and we are delighted to be sponsoring the UK team with the finest chef jackets in the world! The UK team will all be wearing Grand Chef Jacket, our flagship jacket which top chefs swear by. We are delighted that Tom and Nathan will compete wearing the Grand Chef!”
Team UK will be supported by a brass band to draw as much attention as possible to their culinary brilliance, which Bragard hope will gain Tom and Nathan the recognition they truly deserve on the global stage!
More commonly known as ‘The Culinary Olympics’, the Bocuse d’Or is the most prestigious world cuisine contest in existence today and Bragard UK support it absolutely as it chimes with the Bragard brand value of ‘Be Your Best’.
The Bocuse d’Or competition was founded by the iconic French chef Paul Bocuse. It is a spectacular, intense and challenging cooking competition that has been held every two years since January 1987. What sets it apart from other culinary contests is that the preparation and cooking of every dish is performed in front of a live audience, where an electric atmosphere is inevitably afforded by internationally renowned chefs and a galaxy of culinary stars.
Chefs from over 60 countries have already competed to make the national selections and Team UK reigned victorious. They will now join 23 other countries in the exciting grand finale to be held next month at the heart of the world food service market, SIRHA in Lyon, France.
Each team comprises of one Executive Chef and one Commis Assistant. 26-year-old Restaurant Story Sous Chef Tom Phillips and ex-The Ritz chef, Commis, Nathan Lane will make up the UK team. They then have five-and-a-half hours to create two elaborate protein dishes. Each year a mandatory ingredient is given, and extra points are awarded for dishes that feature culinary specialties and reflect the flavours and culture of the competitor.
“I am delighted that Nathan is working with me. We did the national pre-selections together last year and obviously got through. We’re very like minded and work well together. He’s an obsessive about the Bocuse d’Or as I am and plans to compete himself one day. We’re both delighted to be wearing Bragard in the competition as it will keep us comfortable and cool under pressure.”
This epic, international contest offers chefs from around the world a unique opportunity to demonstrate their expertise, skills and talent under gruelling pressure and competition, in front of a live audience.
Each plated dish is assessed by a panel of 24 judges that include the Presidents of each team, who evaluate and score on the overall harmony of flavours, presentation, skills and techniques employed, along with team efficiency.
The Bocuse d’Or has become legendary. Today, much more than a competition, the Bocuse d’Or is the ultimate consecration for many chefs around the world. Far more than winning the ‘Gold Bocuse’ statue and prize money, is the prestige of being the victorious country at the forefront of global culinary distinction.
By sponsoring this event, Bragard UK are supporting the national team to train extensively together with an international coach, to refine their culinary skills before going up against tough competition from elite chefs around the world.
Bragard UK would like to take this opportunity to wish Team UK the very best of luck and would urge chefs and hospitality professionals to support the competition in attending a small fundraising dinner at Roganic on the 6th January and a large fundraising dinner at University College Birmingham on the 18th January. Full details on team UK are available on www.bocusedoruk.co.uk