Vuvuzelas and High Cuisine! Who knew? The Bocuse D’Or
So, the Bocuse D’Or, what’s that then? Well, it’s only a huge international cheffing competition in Lyon – gastronomic heart of France – that we don’t know about very much in the UK. Started by Paul Bocuse It’s huge everywhere else, Barack Obama even sent an official letter wishing luck to the US team. Why don’t we know about it?
There is a UK team here led by Simon Hulstone of Elephant Restaurant at Torquay (sadly no Irish team), and they have just served up their delectable looking nosh, which is being judged right now by 10 chefs including Thomas Keller and Mathias Dahlgren, so no pressure there then. It was sheer torture watching the plates come out, I wanted to nose dive on to them and eat every bit.
The energy here is frenetic and a little insane, likened to a football match but I wouldn’t know anything about that. All I know is that this is great fun, a little deafening (vuvzelas, drums, giant cow bells, that kind of thing) and really inspiring. I don’t envy the judges their job.
We are now waiting to hear who has won. It’s TENSE. My heart goes out to them. Fingers crossed for the UK team to win!