Named for legendary French chef Paul Bocuse, when Bocuse D'Or launched in 1987, it initiated the era of live cooking competitions. It is certainly the forerunner of television shows like Iron Chef and Top Chef.
Each chef represents his or her country, and works with a team to create a meat dish and a fish dish, that are judged by a panel of elite chef judges on quality and presentation. In the event of a tie, other factors are considered, including teamwork. A gold, silver and bronze medal is awarded, and to date, no American chef has ever won a medal.
- Read an entertaining live blog of the 2009 Bocuse D'Or competition.
- A list of past Bocuse D'Or Medalists.
- Check out Chef Michael Ruhlman's wrap up of Bocuse D'Or 2011.
- Food presentation photos from the 2011 competition.
Bocuse D'Or SemifinalsIn 2008, the Bocuse D'Or introduced semifinal competitions. In 2012, there will be semifinal competitions in Europe,the USA, Asia, and in 2011 in Copa Azteca in Latin America.