Bocuse d'Or Lyon 2013
Bocuse d´Or Estonia

The history of Bocuse d’Or dates back to 1983 – the year Salon Metier de Boushe started at the Sirha Food Fair in Lyon. The fair is held every second year: it is organised by professionals for professionals and is one of the most respected events of its kind in the world. Four years passed before Paul Bocuse’s idea of inviting the best chefs in the world to compete in front of an audience was finally realised.


The first Bocuse d’Or was held in 1987 – and it changed the world. The greatest hopes in the world of cooking competed and were judged by leading experts in gastronomy. The Olympic Games of chefs was born. Today the people who develop the ideas of Paul Bocuse and who were his friends select the best of the best from all over the world and send them to Lyon to defend the flavours and skills of their countries.


Estonia received its first invitation to take part in this special competition in 2008. We did well in the Bocuse d’Or Europe in Norway, coming seventh, which guaranteed us a place in the final. Team Estonia put in a solid performance and was rewarded with 15th place among the world’s best.


I would like to thank everyone who has helped us find the first candidate for Bocuse d’Or and organise the competition.


Dimitri Demjanov

Bocuse d’Or Estonia president