56th Taittinger International Culinary Prize at the institute
The final of the 54th 'Taittinger' Culinary Prize took place at Le Cordon Bleu Paris institute on 30 January. The jury was presided by three Michelin-starred Eric Fréchon.
Louis Dupuy-Roudel, a Frenchman working at the Persona restaurant in Stockholm, has won the prize for Sweden in the prestigious competition created 56 years ago by the Taittinger family.
The 8 candidates, each from a different country, cooked on the morning at Le Cordon Bleu Paris and then had their dishes tasted by the jury, which this year included Alexandre Gauthier, Georgiana Viou, Dominique Crenn, Amandine Chaignot, Tom Meyer, Bernard Leprince, and François Perret and was presided by Éric Frechon, three-Michelin starred chef at Le Bristol in Paris.
This year, the candidates had to propose a dish on the theme of "pollack and two lobsters" and a dessert on the theme of "choux pastry". They were assisted by Internship Pathway students to help them prepare their dishes. Kamil Nowak, candidate representing the United Kingdom, congratulated them on their work.
The level of skill and dedication displayed by the students was exceptional, and it was evident that they possess not only exceptional culinary abilities but also a genuine passion for learning. I particularly want to extend my thanks to Camille, the commis Chef I had the pleasure of working with during the competition. She was incredibly helpful, motivated, and it was clear that she went above and beyond to assist me during our time in the kitchen.