TORONTO — Trevor Ritchie has won the 2016 National Selection Competition and the Golden Bocuse Trophy.
The competition, held at George Brown College, Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Toronto, saw candidates prepare a meat platter for 12, two meat plates and 14 fish plates using mandatory components. The dishes were then marked out of a possible 20 points by a tasting panel which included chefs Normand Laprise, JeanPierre Challet and Simon Smotkowicz, as well as master chefs Didier Leroy and Judson Simpson.
An additional 20 points, scored by the Kitchen Jury, were based on sustainability, hygiene, methodology, preparation, technique and organization.
Chef Dan Craig, executive chef of the Delta Toronto Hotel placed second and Roger Ma, chef de cuisine at Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar in Vancouver took third place. Ritchie’s commis, Navjeet Singh, was honoured with the Best Commis Award, sponsored by Rougié.
Ritchie will represent Canada at the 2018 Bocuse d’Or Americas Regional Qualifying Competition, should this new qualification be implemented by the Bocuse d’Or Organizing Committee for the 2019 Bocuse d’Or. He will also provide support to chef James Olberg and Team 2017 during the 2017 Bocuse d’Or.