Thailand to compete in “Olympics of Cooking”
Bocuse d’Or 2019 will pay tribute to the late chefs Paul Bocuse and Joel Robuchon.
Move over, Top Chef. This week get ready to cheer on Thailand at Bocuse d’Or, the top French culinary competition named for legendary French chef Paul Bocuse.
Representing Thailand in the competition that’s been dubbed the “Olympics of Cooking” are 23-year-old chef Natcha Saengow, from Dusit Thani College, and commis Thanathip Piyakamperm.
Natcha and Thanathip won silver at the preliminary Asia-Pacific event held last year in Guangzhou, China, placing behind Japan and above South Korea. That meant they were one of five teams to quality for the final round held in Lyon, France, this Jan 29 and 30.
A total of 24 teams will compete in the final round, half of them on Jan 29, the other half on Jan 30. All the candidates have had to go through two years of intensive training in order to win the coveted ticket.
The biennial international contest was founded by legendary French chef Paul Bocuse in 1987 and draws culinary talents from around the world.
This year’s event has been deemed extra special, as it is the first competition since the deaths of Bocuse and fellow culinary superstar Joël Robuchon, who previously served as honorary chairman.
The event takes place in Sirha, a professional trade show dedicated to food and gastronomy in Lyon.
Chefs Natcha and Thanathip Piyakamperm, and their opponents will have to prepare and present two dishes in honor of Bocuse and Robuchon.
Chef Natcha is one of only two women, along with South Korea’s Seon Yeong Gu, competing in the Bocuse d’Or final.
Get to know Team Thailand in the video, click here
Picture credit: Chefs Natcha Saengow (right) and Thanathip Piyakamperm / Credit: Bocuse d’Or