Estonia's Heidi Pinnak Places 14th in Bocuse d'Or Final

01. February 2013

Representing Estonia in Lyon, Pinnak's team came in 14th out of the 24 nations competing in the final round of one of the world's most prestigious chef championships.

As the Bocuse d'Or's only female contestant, Pinnak outperformed chefs from leading culinary powerhouses Italy and Holland, improving her position by one place since her last performance in 2009, reported the competition's website.

Chefs from across the globe went head-to-head in yesterday's final round of the event, frequently referred to as the culinary equivalent of the Olympic Games. In the 20-year history of the competition, the number of female finalists can be counted on one hand, ETV reported.

Pinnak's team used Estonia's local ingredients including Vana Tallinn liquor, quail eggs, rye bread, juniper berries and pine shoots.  

“I want to show that Estonia has a lot to offer to the world in terms of local chefs and local cuisine inspired by local ingredients. I hope that this will encourage young Estonian chefs to aspire high, value local traditions and recreate them,” said Pinnak.

Pinnak was spurred on at the event by Evelin Ilves, the spouse of Estonia's President, and Minister of Agriculture Helir-Valdor Seeder, among other dignitaries.    

France claimed the top spot, followed by Denmark and Japan.

Source: Estonian Public Broadcasting