Morocco and Tunisia are the only Arab and African countries represented in the 2019 Bocuse d’Or.
Rabat – Chefs from 24 countries, including Morocco, showcased their cooking skills on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lyon, France, competing for the Bocuse d’Or, a world-class culinary competition.
In the 16th Bocuse d’Or, chef Aissam Ait Ouakrim represented Morocco. Ait Ouakrim is a former chef of Fafa’s by Palais Soleiman in Marrakech.
According to the organizers, the 24 contestants were picked following 62 national and four continental selections over the past 18 months.
This year is the first time Africa participated in Bocuse d’Or. Six African candidate teams, from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Gabon, Morocco, Senegal, and Tunisia, took part in the continental qualifying rounds in Marrakech last June.
Morocco and Tunisia are the only Arab and African countries represented in the 2019 event. Outside Europe and North America, Singapore and Japan are the only other countries to have won a medal. Each won a bronze medal, Singapore in 1989 and Japan in 2013.
French chef Paul Bocuse created the award in 1987 to discover future culinary talents from around the world.
Chef Bocuse’s cooking style, called nouvelle cuisine, features fresh, low-calorie, high-quality ingredients.