Famed French chef stages European cookery contest in Norway
Acclaimed French chef Paul Bocuse, who already hosts the Bocuse d'Or world cooking championships, will later this year stage a European contest in Norway
OSLO, January 21, 2008 - Acclaimed French chef Paul Bocuse, who already
hosts the Bocuse d'Or (gold) world cooking championships, will later this year
stage a European contest in Norway, organisers said.
The Bocuse d'Or Europe competition, which will be set in the southwestern
Norwegian town of Stavanger on July 1 and 2, will pit top chefs from 20
European countries against each other.
The winner will walk away with 12,000 euros (17,000 dollars), while the
runner-up will win 9,000 euros and the third prize winner will get 6,000 euros.
The 12 top chefs will all win a spot in the Bocuse d'Or, a global
competition created by the French chef in 1987 that takes place in Lyon, in
centre-eastern France, every two years.
"It is really flattering for Norway to have been chosen to host the first
edition of Bocuse d'Or Europe," project leader Helga Marie Johnsen told AFP.
Since 1987, Norway has placed second only to France when it comes to Bocuse
d'Or wins, with one bronze, two silver and three gold medals under its belt,
the NTB news agency reported.