Official timekeeper to a number of prestigious cookery contests and a keen commentator of the best restaurant in the world, through its corporate magazine Lettres du Brassus, Blancpain has seen its watches grace the wrists of a number of top chefs', and counts over 100 Michelin stars among the admirers of its timepieces. Passionate dedication, meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to creating only the most authentic products are common values shared by the worlds of both luxury watchmaking and haute cuisine. These are professions that attain their finest expression only through the application of the strictest discipline, careful coordination and painstaking preparation. The quality of a Blancpain timepiece or a gourmet meal both depend on achieving a carefully calibrated balance between tradition and creativity.
This is why Blancpain has given its support to the selection process for the Swiss representative at this year's Bocuse d'Or cookery competition, which on Monday 27 January chose the Swiss candidate for the Bocuse d'Or Europe 2014. Franck Giovannini, the chairman of the jury, together with his fellow members of the honorary jury, the top chefs Frédy Girardet Roland Pierroz, Gérard Rabaey and Philippe Rochat, had the difficult task of making their choice from among the following candidates:
- Thierry Boillat, sous-chef de cuisine at the restaurant "Seven" in Ascona
- Laure Anne Dennis, commis de cuisine at the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives in Geneva
- Christoph Hunziker, chef de cuisine at the Schärmehof Restaurant in Thun
- Elodie Schenk, chef de partie at the restaurant Auberge du Soleil in Bursins
The candidates had 5 hours and 40 minutes in which to produce a fish dish based on a rainbow trout with 3 individually chosen accompanying ingredients, and a meat dish based on a leg and shoulder of lamb with 3 accompanying ingredients, including the obligatory use of Gruyère cheese. At the end of the day, the winning candidate was Christoph Hunziker.
Alain Delamuraz, the Vice-President of Blancpain, presented Christoph with a Bathyscaphe watch from the Fifty Fathoms Collection. The young chef will thus be the Swiss representative at the Bocuse d'Or Europe competition, which will be held in Stockholm on 7 and 8 May 2014.