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By Kiri Tannenbaum

Hit Up Lyon for the World’s Culinary Olympics

This year check this world gastronomic event, and the bountiful culinary city of Lyon, off your bucket list.

Before there was “Iron Chef”, “Top Chef”, and “Cupcake Wars”, there was the Bocuse d’Or. Thirty years ago, acclaimed chef Paul Bocuse created the Bocuse d’Or, a revolutionary gastronomic contest. Replicating the codes of major sporting events, he imagined a challenge placing the emphasis on cooking and the chefs who create these masterpieces. Today this prestigious competition brings together 24 young chefs from all over the world who prepare their best dishes within the strict timeframe of 5 hours 35 minutes all before a passionate group of food fans and fellow chefs. To decide who is the best a jury composed of the most illustrious chefs on the planet sniff, stare, study, and taste their creations.

bocuse-d-or-final-plateTwenty years after the competition was established the prestigious biannual contest inaugurated qualifying events across the continents: Bocuse d’Or Europe, Bocuse d’Or Latin America and Bocuse d’Or Asia, which now includes Australia.

These events determine the 24 countries that will reach the prestigious final in Lyon. That’s where you come in.


For the 30th anniversary, the olympics of the culinary world will be held on January 24-25. Teams competing for the golden statue include: France’s Laurent Lemal representing the Michelin-starred Le Domaine Riberach; Morten Falk of Denmark’s Kadeau, named one of the 50 World’s Best Restaurants; and U.S. contender representing Per Se, Mathew Peters.


This year check this gastronomic event, and the bountiful culinary city of Lyon, off your bucket list.

Bocuse d’Or
Eurexpo – Entrée Visiteurs
Boulevard des Droits de l’Homme
69500 Bron, FRANCE

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