Norwegian chef Christian André Pettersen wins bronze in prestigious culinary competition Bocuse d’Or

France Bocuse d'or ContestNorwegian chef Christian Andre Pettersen prepares food during the final of the "Bocuse d'Or" (Golden Bocuse) trophy, in Lyon, central France, on Sunday, September 26, 2021. Photo: AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani
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Norwegian chef Christian André Pettersen has secured the bronze medal in the 2021 edition of the Bocuse d’Or.

The Bocuse d’Or contest, a sort of world cup of cuisine, was started in 1987 by Lyon chef Paul Bocuse to reward young chefs from all over the world.

This year, Norwegian chef Christian André Pettersen got third place – but this isn’t his first rodeo. In October of last year, Pettersen secured his second gold medal in the Bocuse d’Or Europe. His first European Championship gold came in 2018, while he got bronze during the World Cup in 2019.

The Norwegian team is coached by Geir Skeie, who himself has a background as both European champion and world champion in the competition. Pettersen’s first assistant, also called “commis” (a talent under the age of 23), is Even Sørum (23).

The Norwegian team was thrown into the fire on Sunday as the very first team. During Sunday and Monday, the 20 other participants have been in action.

All teams made two different contributions. In addition to the classic dish, there was a new feature on the program this year. This year, the plate dish was replaced with a three-course takeaway menu.

Before the results of the main competition were revealed, four special prizes were awarded in Lyon. Among other things, Sweden received the award for best takeaway dish, while Iceland had the best in-person dish.

“I am incredibly proud that Norway again participated in the final of the Bocuse d’Or and made a solid effort,” said Minister of Agriculture and Food Olaug Bollestad (KrF).

“Christian André Pettersen has led a strong team through the preparations and hard training for the competition,” Bollestad explained in a press release.

Like in 2019, Pettersen won the bronze this year. Only France (gold) and Denmark (silver) were better. The medal is Norway’s eleventh since the competition, held every other year, was first organized in 1987.

“I congratulate Pettersen and his team for the bronze. They have once again proven that Norway is at the very top of the world among chefs,” said the Minister.

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