Laurent Lemal, Bocuse d’Or contestant 2017
When fine dining meets the sandwich!
Bridor & Laurent Lemal, winner of the 2015 Bocuse d’Or France and French contestant in the Bocuse d’Or Europe 2016, have teamed up to boldly reinvent the sandwich.
The idea of developing exclusive recipes based on several types of bread from Bridor’s new So Moelleux range came about through their shared values and has a completely new approach: reinterpreting the sandwich as a gourmet dish and pushing the fast-casual concept to the extreme!
Originally from Northern France, Laurent Lemal is a very busy chef who owns the “La Coopérative” restaurant on the Riberach estate situated in Belesta near Perpignan. He was awarded 1 star in the Michelin Guide in February 2014 and since 2015 has been involved in the race for the 2017 Bocuse d’Or!
The Bocuse d’Or!
in a few words
The Bocuse d’Or is the world cooking championship and was created in 1987 by Paul Bocuse. It is the greatest culinary competition in the world which, rather unusually, takes place over 2 years with national selections and highly competitive continental heats.
In fact, out of almost 50 countries at the start, only 24 reach the final! This takes place over 2 days during the International Hotel, Catering and Food Trade Fair (SIRHA) in Lyon, Paul Bocuse’s city.
Supported by their commis chefs and under the watchful eye of their coaches, the contestants must place a meat creation presented in a dish and a fish creation presented on a plate before the judging panel (made up of 24 chefs representing the 24 competing countries). Each test lasts 5 hours and 35 minutes!