Morocco wins first Bocuse D’or in Africa

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On June 29 and 30, the best chefs and pas­try chefs of the African con­ti­nent met in Mar­rakech Morocco, at the Palmeraie Golf Palace Ho­tel. The ob­jec­tive; to win a ticket for the fi­nale of the world’s most pres­ti­gious gas­tron­omy and pas­try con­tests, Bocuse d’or and Coupe du Monde de la Pâtis­serie, sched­uled to take place in Lyon in Jan­uary 2019 dur­ing the Sirha trade show

For the first time in the his­tory of the competition, a con­ti­nen­tal se­lec­tion took place in Africa, along with the Amer­i­cas, Asia-pa­cific and Euro­pean se­lec­tions. More than just a spring­board for th­ese chefs, the Bocuse d’or Africa re­flects the new emerg­ing coun­tries in the ‘Haute Gas­tron­omy’ world.

On June 30, the first edi­tion of the Bocuse d'or Africa, chaired by its founder, chef Ka­mal Ra­hal came to an end, af­ter 10 hours of competition with the Moroc­can team as cham­pi­ons and its can­di­date, Ais­sam Ait Ouakrim, se­cur­ing top spot. Team Tu­nisia’s Mar­wne Youn­ssi was sec­ond and third place went to Sene­gal’s Alioune Diop.

Com­ment­ing, Chef Ra­hal said, “Most peo­ple would be sur­prised to know that I am an IT engi­neer by pro­fes­sion who has al­ways had a pas­sion for pas­try. I took over my fam­ily busi­ness at the age of 22 and was re­spon­si­ble for 63 em­ploy­ees. To­day, our group, con­sist­ing of 4,500 in­di­vid­u­als, caters to pri­vate and pub­lic es­tab­lish­ments and air­lines lo­cally and through­out the Mid­dle East. Hav­ing won the 2018 Africa cham­pi­onship, I see no rea­son why, with con­tin­u­ous per­se­ver­ance, hard work and pas­sion, we should not win the Bocuse d’or Coupe du Monde.”

On the eve of the competition, on June 29, Mar­rakech wel­comed the 4th African se­lec­tion of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtis­serie. Eight na­tional teams, each com­posed of one choco­late spe­cial­ist and one sugar spe­cial­ist, had five hours to cre­ate one frozen fruit dessert and 10 desserts on a plate, dis­played on a sculp­ture made of choco­late, and one made of sugar. Al­ge­ria, Burk­ina Faso, Côte d’ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Sene­gal and Tu­nisia all dis­played orig­i­nal ideas and pro­duced ex­cep­tional pas­try cre­ations in their at­tempt to qual­ify for the world fi­nale of the Coupe du Monde de la Pâtis­serie, in Jan­uary 2019 in Lyon.

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