The Asia-Pacific Selection of the Bocuse d'Or concluded in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on May 9, after two days of fierce competition between distinguished chefs from 11 countries in the region.
The awards ceremony at the Bocuse d'Or Asia Pacific 2018 takes place in Guangzhou on May 9 [Photo/WeChat account: HomeInFlowerCityGuangzhou]
Hideki Takayama from Japan won first place and became this year's best chef from the Asia-Pacific region.
At the competition, he presented a dish of Australian veal tenderloin with morels, white asparagus and vegetables mille-feuille. And on a platter he presented salmon with verbena sauce, green asparagus, shiitake, yuzu and sancho, and royale with dashi.
The other winners were Natcha Saengow from Thailand who won second place, Gu Seon-yeong from South Korea who came third, Michael Cole from Australia who achieved fourth place and Noel Ng Choon Wee from Singapore who came fifth.
Hideki Takayama's winning dish of Australian veal tenderloin with morels, white asparagus and vegetables mille-feuille. [Photo/WeChat account: HomeInFlowerCityGuangzhou]
The five winners are all now qualified to attend the Bocuse d'Or Finale held in Lyon, France during the Sirha trade show in January 2019.
Despite failing to hit the top five, the Chinese contestant Fu Zhuwei was awarded one of the two valuable "wild cards" at the four continental selections, enabling him to also enter the Bocuse d'Or Finale.
Bocuse d'Or, created by chef Paul Bocuse in January 1987, has become the world's most prestigious cooking contest. The biennial world chef championship is frequently referred to as the "Culinary Olympics".
This was the first time that Guangzhou, a city in South China famous for its food, has hosted the Asia-Pacific selection. Over the past few days, many world-famous chefs have gathered in Guangzhou and visited local grocery markets to get a taste of the local food culture.
The Chinese team receives a "wild card" award, enabling them to enter the Bocuse d'Or Finale. [Photo/WeChat account: HomeInFlowerCityGuangzhou]