Bocuse D’Or Team Australia departs for Lyon

The day has finally arrived, Chef Alex McIntosh, Commis Chef Tristan Spain, Coach Dan Arnold and Jury Member Scott Pickett left over the weekend to represent Australia in the world’s most prestigious culinary competition, the Bocuse d’Or Grand Final in Lyon, France.

Once in Lyon, McIntosh and Spain will train intensively with Arnold at the renowned hospitality school, SEPR L’Ecole des Metiers. On Saturday, 21 January the ceremonial part of the competition begins at the SIRHA trade exhibition, with Australia competing on Bocuse d’Or Day 2, Monday, 23 January.

During the competition, McIntosh and Spain will need to create an array of dishes under two themes in five and a half hours. The first theme is ‘Feed the Children’, a three-course meal, which must feature pumpkin, while the second is an elaborate platter featuring Scottish monkfish, scallops and mussels. Coach Arnold will be assisting them from the pass.

Team Australia’s former coach, Scott Pickett will this year be on the Tasting Jury judging the dishes from all 24 teams on both days of the contest.

“I am very proud to be among some of the world’s most acclaimed chefs on the Tasting Jury,” says Pickett. Along with competing myself in 2005, this is one of the greatest highlights of my career.”

Assisting the team in Lyon are President Tom Milligan, Promotions & Team Manager Trish Harty, and an expert support crew: Andrew Ballard, Paul Golding, Justin Witcher and Norbert Beaujean.

McIntosh is thrilled and honoured to represent Australia and aims to do his country proud. He explains.

“My Road to Lyon has been such an amazing learning experience, and I want to thank all the Bocuse d’Or Australia committee as well as the sponsors and partners who have made it possible. Now I can’t wait to showcase my dishes, and Australian cuisine and ingredients, to the world at this incredible event.”

The Bocuse d’Or Grand Final will be livestreamed from around 6.30pm AEST on Sunday 22 and Monday 23 January at: or Facebook @BocusedorOfficial

Australia’s dishes will be presented to judges from 12.25am on Tuesday 24 January AEST. (2.25pm in France)

The winner will be announced at a ceremony starting at 4am Tuesday 24 January AEST. (6pm in France)

Follow the team on social media
​Facebook: @BocuseDOrAustralia
​Instagram @bocusedoraus
​LinkedIn @ Bocuse d’Or Academy Australia
​Twitter @Bocusedoraus

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