October 27, 2016

Finnish chefs cook up storm of success in Germany

The team trained for a year-and-a-half before the competition took place, fine-tuning their winning combination of flavours and ingredients.
The team trained for a year-and-a-half before the competition took place, fine-tuning their winning combination of flavours and ingredients.
Fazer

Fazer Culinary Team Finland has won the catering series of the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt. Held every four years, the Culinary Olympics are the world’s biggest competition for the food industry.

Participating for the first time, the Fazer Culinary Team served lunch to 150 people, comprised of ingredients and dishes that reflect the team’s national cuisine.

Diners were thus treated to the likes of creamy parsnip stew served with freshly cured venison, as well as a dessert with sea buckthorn, apple and oats. Preparation time was capped at five hours, with each portion costing no more than five euros.

“The jury regarded our professional conduct, cleanliness and good preparations for first-timers as our most positive aspects,” says team captain Mika Pesonen. “The pressure of the competition did show, but our performance was steady and confident. We had to finish in a bit of a hurry, but we kept a lid on things.”

Indeed.

Elsewhere at the competition, the Finnish national team, Culinary Team Finland, took silver overall behind Singapore in the race for best national team title.

 

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