Tallinn chef competes at Bocuse d’Or

Source: Visit Estonia

Tallinn chef competes at Bocuse d’Or

Bocuse d'Or is often referred to as the Culinary Olympics, where 24 chefs from around the world compete before a live audience to produce exceptional dishes. Founded by French chef Paul Bocuse, it is one of the most prestigious culinary competitions on the planet. Estonian chefs have been succeeding by showcasing local ingredients. 

Estonia's top chefs

Estonian presence 

Dmitri Rooz is not the first Estonian to find success at Bocuse d'Or - chef Vladislav Djatšuk placed 15th in the 2009 World Final, while chef Heidi Pinnak placed 14th in 2013.

Photo by: Margus Johanson

Dmitri Rooz, executive chef at restaurant FARM in Tallinn, competed against 19 others chefs on May 10th, 2016 in Budapest in the European selection round. The chefs were required to prepare dishes using deer and sterlet, a type of sturgeon. Rooz prepared for nine months using deer from the Estonian island of Saaremaa and locally farmed fish. He was assisted in Budapest by his junior chef, Vladislav Borovik. Rooz placed 11th in Budapest and will move on to the World Final in Lyon, France on January 24th and 25th, 2017.

Taste of Bocuse d'Or in Tallinn

Estonian chefs at Bocuse d'Or have incorporated local ingredients like quail eggs, rye bread, juniper berries, pine shoots and even Vana Tallinn liqueur. Visit one of these restaurants in Estonia to experience Bocuse d'Or worthy cuisine.

New Nordic, Baltic twist

Estonian chefs are combining herbs and flowers from local nature with modern techniques to create world-class dishes. 

Photo by: Mart Vares

Restaurant FARM - head chef Dmitri Rooz (2016 representative), takes its name from the farm-fresh ingredients used to create modern Estonian cuisine.

Restaurant Tchaikovsky - head chef Vladislav Djatšuk (2009 representative), continually ranked one of Estonia and Northern Europe's best restaurants, combines "French tastes, Russian traditions, Estonian ingredients".

Restaurant Cru - head chef Dmitri Haljukov (2015 representative), serves modern cuisine in a renovated 15th century building in Tallinn's Old Town.

Restaurant Gloria - head chef Dimitri Demjanov (Bocuse d'Or Estonia tasting jury), Gloria was named one of Conde Nast Traveller's top 100 world restaurants in 2000 and has been an elite Tallinn spot since 1937.

Last updated : 05.02.2018

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