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Two topkokteams to Belgium international medals pose

Flemish minister for Tourism Ben Weyts has the establishment of two “topkokteams” announced. He did that during his visit to the Bocuse d’or in Lyon, the prestigious international cooking competition.

Chefs Peter Aesaert and Michelle Boone at work during the semi-final in Budapest. © REUTERS

Ben Weyts is planning two teams full of gourmet talent to put together, that the coming years will be prepared to take part in international cooking competitions.

A first team, the Young Chefs Team, the best young talent from the Flemish hotelschotel bring together and represent our country at the Culinary world cup in Luxembourg in 2018 and the Olympiade der Küche in Erfurt in 2020. A second team will be our more experienced chefs to join forces. They will focus on the following edition of the prestigious Bocuse d’or in Lyon, which is also called the “Olympics for chefs.”

Through existing events such as Prosper Montagné and Mastercooks will now be searched for suitable candidates for the teams to manning.

Professional guidance

The wereldfinale of the Bocuse d’or is held every two years. Tuesday start the edition of 2017, with a Belgian team. Chefs Peter Aesaert (Castle Viteux ) and student chef Michelle Boone serve Tuesday two signs to the jury: a tartlet of jerusalem artichoke and brussels sprouts as an appetizer, followed by Bressekip, filled with crustaceans. The creations will be judged by chef Peter Goossens, including Aesaert still worked at the Court Of Cleve.

In the 30-year history of the contest, our country is already six medals won: three silver and three bronze. The ultimate award won Belgium, however, never, and this year dare Aesaert not dreams. “France is favourite and also the Scandinavian countries have huge budgets. In addition, there are Japan and the United States, which is certainly not to be underestimated. A top ten place would be great,” says the chef.

The nickname of the “Olympic Games for chefs” does not come from nothing. A lot of the participating chefs prepare themselves months before and get just as top athletes who are preparing for competitions, and professional support. That could be Belgium, until recently, not yet. “We are trying with a very small ploegje Champions League to play,” said Aesaert. “For the youth, is it really necessary to be better surrounded to be also financial. For us, it was without the explicit support of the government very difficult.”

There is the intention of the minister Weyts now so change. “Eighteen years is not a Belgian medal at the Bocuse d’or, there must be a means to end. I have the ambition to be within a few years again to finish on the podium. We must just stand, because now there is something wrong. People associate Denmark with the culinary top, and Flanders, but in order to give an idea: Denmark has 26 Michelin stars, West-Vlaanderen alone there are 30.” For the project attracts the Flemish government half a million euros.

Wednesday night we will know if the Belgian team a medal binnenrijft.

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