Blancpain partners the 2018 Bocuse d'Or Switzerland
Blancpain was deeply saddened by news of the death of its longtime friend Paul Bocuse. For more than 30 years, the Manufacture enjoyed the privilege of a close relationship with this exceptional individual, whose ingenuity, generosity and excellence will leave an indelible imprint on the world of haute cuisine and the art of living, as notably reflected in the competition he inspired, the Bocuse d’Or.
It is thus with a sense of special emotion that Blancpain opened the Swiss competition today as official timekeeper. In this capacity, the Manufacture supported the Swiss chefs selected to compete in creating the dishes submitted to the Jury. After much deliberation, the chef Mario Garcia, founder of the culinary school "cre/ate" in Horw (Lucerne), was named the winner of this 2018 edition. He had the honor of receiving the Blancpain Trophy, along with a Bathyscaphe watch from the iconic Fifty Fathoms collection, specially hand-engraved for the occasion.
The quest for excellence, expertise, a sure touch and true passion are the kind of values Blancpain shares with the world of haute cuisine. That is exactly why the Manufacture has been partnering and supporting the Bocuse d’Or Switzerland for many years. The kitchens of this major competition have welcomed some of the most talented chefs of recent generations. The 2018 edition, which took place on Monday January 22nd at Palexpo Geneva was no exception to the rule, featuring four Swiss candidates vying with each other by preparing two fish and meat dishes. This year’s event nonetheless had a special savor for Blancpain, since the President of Honor of the Jury was none other than Joël Robuchon. A longtime friend of the brand, the world’s most Michelin-starred chef bore the weighty responsibility – alongside Franck Giovannini, President of the Competition and of the Jury, Anton Mosimann, Honorary Jury Member, and 18 other chefs – to select the winner who will represent Switzerland in the European stage of the competition, to be held in May in Turin, Italy.