Celebrate food at Bocuse d'Or Bringing together top chefs from all over the world, Bocuse d'Or is a biennial culinary competition where world-class cooks go head-to-head to be named the best in the trade. Held in Lyon for the past three decades, Bocuse d'Or has been described as the equivalent to the Olympic Games within culinary circles.
A revolutionary gastronomy contest
The Bocuse d'Or culinary competition began in 1987 and quickly established itself as the premier event for food and drink in the world. Teams of chefs come from nations all over the world to prepare their finest dishes in the competition, with many extravagant displays for visitors to witness. Each team consists of two chefs, one lead chef, and a commis/assistant chef who must be under 22 years of age at the time of the competition.
Over time, Bocuse d'Or has expanded with competitions held in other regions, though the Lyon event remains the centerpiece of the culinary display. Competitors-- 24 young chefs from all over the world, among the most promising talents of their generation, have 5 hours and 35 minutes to prepare their dishes, and spectators are always welcome at the events. Most of the food preparation, such as cutting vegetables and meat, must be done in front of the audience. Carefully selected judges have previously included celebrity chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Heston Blumenthal.
Enjoy the world's finest food in Lyon
To see some of the latest cooking techniques and flavor combinations by the best chefs from across the globe, make sure you visit Lyon in January for the competition. It takes place at the heart of Sirha, a professional tradeshow dedicated to food service and gastronomy in Lyon, France. While you are in town, make sure you check out some of the many other culinary delights on offer in the city in this famous celebration of food.