THE PODIUM OF BOCUSE D’OR AMERICAS 2022:
1st: USA - Jeffrey Hayashi2nd: Canadá - Samuel Sirois 3rd: Chile - Ari Zúñiga
The team from USA represented by the chef Jeffrey Hayashi and his commis Franco Fugel, won the first place in this continental selection. They offered to the jury a breathtaking culinary experience combining a 100% vegetal theme on plate based on quinoa and mushrooms pave and both roasted and confit salmon with brown butter citrus jus, beet and pistachio garnish for the theme on platter.
Canada ended at the second step of the podium, lead by the chef Samuel Sirois and his commis Léandre Legault-Vigneau who prepared for the plate theme a plant-based world surrounded by quinoa, carrots and onions, and for the theme on platter salmon spawning.
Chile, the host country for the first time in the history of this American selection, took the third place. Buoyed by their supporters and the desire to honor their gastronomic heritage, chef Ari Zúñiga and his assistant Javier Sobarzo prepared a quinoa with potato confit for the plate theme, stuffed with stewed quinoa with vegetarian crunch and pickled topinambur petals. For the platter, a cured salmon, stuffed with pistachio farce, wrapped in "Chapalele", a traditional Chiloé-inspired potato dough.
With them, Colombia and Mexico, respectively at the 4th and 5th place, are also qualified to go to Lyon next January for the Grand Final of Bocuse d’Or.
THE RANKING OF THE BOCUSE D'OR AMERICAS 2022
1st: USA - Jeffrey Hayashi2nd: Canadá - Samuel Sirois 3rd: Chile - Ari Zúñiga 4th: Colombia - Carlos Pájaro 5th: México - Marcelo Hisaki 6th: Ecuador - José Cevallos 7th: Guatemala - Jorge Lamport 8th: Bolivia - Abrahan Salas
Best commis award: Colombia - Valentina Ortiz Special prize for the theme on the plate: México - Marcelo HisakiSpecial prize for the theme on the platter: Colombia - Carlos Pájaro
During their deliberations, the 8 members of the jury were keen to reward the technique, the mastery of the products and the creativity of the recipes combining the Chilean terroir with the gastronomic codes specific to each of the candidates.
The next step for this Bocuse d’Or continental selections is the Bocuse d’Or Africa on 9th Septembre, during which the last teams will qualify for the Grand Final.
Next Bocuse d’Or Final will be held on 22 and 23 January 2023 during the Sirha Lyon in France and will bring together 24 chefs from all over the world from the four 2022 continental selections (Bocuse d’Or Europe, Bocuse d’Or Americas, Bocuse d’Or Africa; Bocuse d’Or Asia-Pacific).