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Le Cordon Bleu News, 07/02/2009
Master of Culinary Arts 2009
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Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande-Bretagne 2009

Chef Franck Jeandon, Cuisine Master Chef, and Chef Christophe Bidault, Pâtisserie Master Chef, were selected to compete in the semi final of the Master of Culinary Arts 2009. This competition was held on 24th June 2009 at the Academy of Culinary Arts.

In a limited amount of time, our chefs had to compose and execute a number of dishes and present them to a very high-profile panel of judges. The dishes were then judged on the taste, the presentation and the originality of the dishes presented.

Franck Jeadon - Master Chef at Le Cordon Bleu London


On the cuisine side, Chef Franck Jeandon had to prepare in 5 hours the following dishes:

- Oeufs Chantilly
- Bourdaloue Pear Tart
- Double Baked Rack of Pork with a Coriander Mousse, Spicy Pineapple and Artichokes Barigoule
- Tartelette of Celeriac stuffed with Sweet Corn Mash and "Pommes Maxim"






On the pâtisserie side, Chef Christophe Bidault had to prepare in 6 hours 15 pieces of the following pastries:

- Petit Pain Viennois with Smoked Salmon, Goat Cheese and Sautéed Red Peppers
- Heart Macaroons with a Fromage Blanc Mousse and Jubilée-style Cherries
- Chocolate cup with Mint
- Gellied Wild Strawberries Tartelette with Diplomate Cream, Honey and Lavender
- 12 inches Chocolate and Hazelnut Entremets, with Gellied Apricots and Caramel Ganache



Chef Christophe Bidault - Master Chef at Le Cordon Bleu London

Congratulation to both of our chefs. We wish them all the luck and hope that they will be selected for the next heat of this prestigious competition!

Background information:
The Master of Culinary Arts is the Academy of Culinary Arts’ four yearly award which began in 1987 as the Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne – MOGB. It is now considered by the industry as the most coveted accolade awarded in celebration of the outstanding craftsmanship in cooking, pastry and in food & wine service that has developed in this country over the last two decades. As the MCA is an award rather than a competition all or none of the candidates may be successful depending on whether or not they achieve the required standard.
For more information about the MCA, please visit the Award's website.


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