POSTED: May 17th 2016

Olympics: Budapest 2024 gets a culinary boost as Hungary takes gold at European Top Chef Competition

Hungary takes the Top Chef prize  © Gábor Szatló
Hungary takes the Top Chef prize © Gábor Szatló

One of the world class dishes © Bocuse d'Or
One of the world class dishes © Bocuse d'Or

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Hungarian Chef, Tamás Széll and his team took gold at the Bocuse d'Or European Selection staged in 2024 Olympic bid city Budapest boosting the country's culinary development. Széll's team edged out Norway and Sweden to come in first at the event and will represent Hungary at the global finals in Lyon next year.

Should Budapest win the bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, Hungary is flexing its muscles with a growing passion for the hospitality industry. Budapest is bidding against three other distinctive cities Paris, Rome and Los Angeles, all world renowned global destinations for their elite class restaurants and cuisine.

The European competition of Top Chefs also sourced the official products for the event directly from host nation Hungary and even the selection of wines were exclusively of national origin. A first in the history of the competition.

This latest win not only puts Budapest on the culinary map, but also propels the city to the forefront of the Central Eastern Europe region. It demonstrates the dedication and ambition of the local chef community and opens a door for aspiring up-and-coming members of the local gastronomy community.

To note Hungary is the only country in the region to have five Michelin-starred restaurants and Hungarian Top Chefs have competed at the world finals of the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France, twice in a row, achieving excellent results.

Hosting the European Bocuse d'Or has elevated the Hungarian hospitality industry and set a new benchmark both for the city and national tourism organizations.  

Another first, this time tickets were even sold to the public at the Budapest event to further fuel the passion for a closer glimpse into the culinary elite and a chance to witness firsthand the creativity of the Top Chefs from 20 participating countries.  

This year marks the 30th anniversary of this unique contest that was created by Paul Bocuse, the leader of haute cuisine.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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