In the 2019 edition of the Bocuse d’Or World final Belgium took 8th place. The Scandinavian countries went home with all the medals.
Belgium was represented by chef Lode De Roover from restaurant Fleur de Lin in Zele, commis de cuisine Piet Vande Casteele and coach Jo Nelissen. De Roover was proclaimed the 8th best chef in the world. A beautiful reward for the entire team, who prepared intensively for 2 years. In the last two months before the competition the team prepared for 80 to 90 hours per week!
24 countries took part in this 2-day prestigious competition. Since the start in 1987 Belgium has won 6 medals. The last one was won by Ferdy Debecker, who took bronze in 1999. In 2019 the medals went to Denmark (gold), Sweden (silver) and Norway (bronze). Well deserved, admits Belgian chef De Roover, who hopes to catch up with their skills one day: “We have definitely made progress in the past two years. Let’s say we feel them breathing down our necks. With the right candidate and good coaching, we definitely have the potential to achieve a place on the podium next time around.”