Bringing home the bacon for Denmark, Kofoed Rasmus has won this year’s Bocuse d’Or, the world’s top cookery competition. He was the favourite heading into the contest, and picked up a trophy and 20,000 euros.
Held every two years in Paul Bocuse’s home town of Lyon, it has traditionally been dominated by French and Nordic chefs, who won all three top prizes this year, with second prize going to a Swede, and Norway taking third.
The competition, which began in 1987, is spread over two days and attracts an international field of 24 teams, and an audience that gets wound up as if it were an olympic final.
Contestants have exactly five hours and 35 minutes each day to prepare first a fish and then a meat dish for the judges, who tucked into Scottish monkfish, crabs and langoustines, followed by Scottish saddle and shoulder of lamb and kidneys. Nice work if you can get it…