Estonia to host the European final of the Bocuse d’Or gastronomic competition

In May 2020, the European Final of the prestigious gastronomic competition, Bocuse d’Or, will arrive in Tallinn, Estonia for the first time, bringing along the best chefs in Europe; it will also be broadcast live to more than 20 million people around the world.

According to Florent Suplisson, the director of Bocuse d’Or, Estonia has shown itself to be a competitive country that has proved its cuisine’s great potential in a relatively short period.

“We are very pleased to offer Estonia the opportunity to enrich the world with new flavours and new makers. These are also the arguments that became decisive in the transfer of Bocuse d’Or 2020 European final organising rights to Estonia this year,” Suplisson said in a statement.

Florent Suplisson and Dimitri Demjanov at the Bocuse d’Or Europe press conference in Tallinn on 3 December 2019. Photo by Marek Metslaid.

Dimitri Demjanov, a member of the board of Bocuse d’Or Europe Tallinn 2020, said the event will bring thousands of food enthusiasts, journalists and top professionals from around the world to Tallinn.

Estonia to be represented by a sous chef at a three-Michelin-star restaurant

“This is an opportunity for Estonia to break onto the international gastronomy map. I hope that the best makers in the Estonian food industry will find the strength and skills to make the most of it,” Demjanov noted.

Estonia will be represented at the Bocuse d’Or competition by Artur Kazaritski, who currently works as a sous chef at the three-Michelin-star restaurant, Geranium, in Copenhagen, under Bocuse d’Or’s three-time winner Rasmus Kofoed.

Artur Kazaritski winning the Estonian final of Bocuse d’Or. He will represent Estonia in the Bocuse d’Or European final in 2020. Photo by Margus Johanson.

Bocuse d’Or Europe Tallinn 2020 takes place from 28-29 May 2020 at Saku Suurhall. Top chefs from 20 European countries will take part in the competition and the top 11 finishers will qualify, the organisers said in a statement.

The culinary competition was launched in 1987 by the French chef, Paul Bocuse. “Inspired by the captivating atmosphere of the sports events, Bocuse decided to organise an entertaining show focused on the art of cooking and the mastery of top chefs,” the organisers said.

Cover: Team Estonia tray (by Risto Tali and Rainer Kaasik Aaslav) at the Bocuse d’Or Europe 2018 in Turin, Italy.

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