Hublot honours haute cuisine


Hublot honours haute cuisine

At the heart of the prestigious "Bocuse d’Or" Chefs’ championship
La Cote des Montres - June 10th, 2010

As a gourmet, Jean-Claude Biver was keen to mark the Bocuse d’Or event, which was held in Geneva during the first edition of the "Salon Gourmet" show. A select group of top European culinary talents took part in the world’s greatest cooking competition! A core of keen and enthusiastic supporters attended the performances of star chefs from twenty European countries, of whom just 12 were selected to compete in the World Bocuse d’Or in 2011. Naturally, stars of the gastronomic world formed a demanding expert jury.

This festival of fine cooking was timed by Hublot Swiss clocks, which adorned each individual kitchen and marked the countdown of the time allotted to make each dish (5 hrs 35 precisely), with penalties for each minute’s delay imposed on chefs late in serving their creations!

There were prizes for various categories, and Jean-Claude Biver presented a Big Bang to the overall winner, the Dane Rasmus Kofoed. The boss of Hublot indicated his great pride in being a sponsor for such an environment of quality and good taste: "In watchmaking and cooking we share the same values of passion, precision, a love for detail, striving for excellence and respect for tradition! I am delighted on behalf of Hublot to reward a young, passionate Chef so full of creativity and talent!"


In Geneva, Rasmus KOFOED Restaurant Geranium (Kovenhavn)

brings the Bocuse d’Or Europe 2010 to Denmark  

As part of the first edition of Gourmet in Geneva, Presided over by triple‐starred Swiss chef Philippe Rochat, on June 7 & 8, twenty European chefs have rivalled in imagination, virtuosity and skill in order to become Bocuse d’Or Europe 2010, open door for the grand final of the Bocuse d’Or, which will take place on January 25 & 26, 2011, in Lyon (France), during the Sirha.

For the second edition of the Bocuse d’Or Europe, great gastronomic countries like Germany, Austria and Belgium have come back on the competition, together with new promising countries on the international scene like Estonia, Croatia, Malta, Hungary, and Poland. Moreover Slovakia Republic has entered for the first time the competition.

Working in 18 m² contest kitchens set up facing the public, 20 chefs took up the challenge to create two perfect dishes within 5 hrs 35 minutes, using the official products of the Bocuse d’Or Europe 2010: a meat dish, with Swiss Veal and a fish dish, with Sterling white halibut.

Following a completely new show with The Symphonic Orchestra Bande‐son, conducted by Marc Demierre, and Fabrice Martin, four times World champion of tap dancing, and his company, the ceremony for the presentation of the prizes took place on June 8th 2010 in the presence of Paul Bocuse, President‐founder of the event, Frédy Girardet, Honorary President, Philippe Rochat, President, and Daniel Boulud, President of the jury.


The Bocuse d’Or Europe 2010 winners are:


  1. Rasmus KOFOED, Restaurant Geranium (Kovenhavn) representing Denmark is the winner of the Bocuse d’Or Europe 2010 and is presented with €12,000 in prize money.
  2. Gunnar HVARNES, Restaurant Hos Ingrid (Stavanger) representing Norway, achieved the second place and was presented with the Bocuse d’Argent Europe 2010 and with €9,000 in prize money.
  3. Jérôme JAEGLE, Restaurant Têtedoie (Lyon) representing France, achieved the third place and was presented with the Bocuse de Bronze Europe 2010 and with €6,000 in prize money.

Special Prize for the Fish dish: Tommy MYLLYMÄKI, Sweden
Special Prize for the Meat dish: Simon HULSTONE, United Kingdom
Prize for the best Commis, awarded by the Bocuse d’Or Winners Academy, with Bent Stiansen, to Cécile PANCHAUD, Suisse.

Bocuse d’Or, on 25 & 26 January 2011, in Lyon (France):

12 countries selected for the Bocuse d’Or finals 

Among the 20 chefs who competed for the Bocuse d’Or Europe 2010, only the best twelve are selected for participation in the Bocuse d’Or 2011:

1. Denmark ‐ Rasmus KOFOED 7. Switzerland – Franck GIOVANNINI
2. Norway – Gunnar HVARNES 8. Iceland – Brainn Freyr VIGFUSSON
3. France – Jérôme JAEGLE 9. Spain – Juan Andrés RODRIGUEZ MORILLA
4. United Kingdom – Simon HULSTONE 10. Netherlands – Marco POLDEVAART
5. Sweden – Tommy MYLLYMÄKI 11. Germany – Ludwig HEER
6. Finland – Matti JÄMSEN 12. Poland – Rafal JELEWSKI

In the presence of Freddy Thielemans, mayor of Brussels, the International Organisation Committee announced that the third Bocuse d’Or Europe will take place in Brussels (Belgium), in the first half of 2012. Bocuse d’Or Europe 2012 President will be Peter Goossens, who is President of The Belgian Bocuse d’Or Academy.