Some of the world’s most renowned chefs and gourmets make up this year’s judging panel, responsible for choosing which team will win the 2013 Culinary Festival Bernard Loiseau.
Before the festival gets underway on Monday 18 March, here’s a look at the highly qualified team of judges.
Dominique Loiseau, CEO of the Relais Bernard Loiseau and Vice President of Relais & Châteaux, France
Presiding over the Culinary Festival for the eighth year, Loiseau is a culinary giant. The restaurant at her famous Relais & Châteaux in Burgundy holds 3 Michelin stars.
With a range of further restaurants inFrance, including the innovative Loiseau de Vignes in Burgundy which offers each of the high-class wines on its wine list by the glass, Loiseau is an expert in all aspects of gastronomy.
In 2008 she was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour.
Visit the Bernard Loiseau website.
Patrick Bertron of Relais Bernard Loiseau, France
Tutored under the culinary genius and inspiration of Bernard Loiseau, Patrick Bertron has since the great chef’s death introduced his own creative flare to the 3 star menu at the Relais.
A master of creating traditional French cuisine in a refined, elegant way, Bertron’s reputation is unsurpassed.
Visit the Le Relais Bernard Loiseau website.
Belle Mare Plage, location for the Culinary Festival
Nick Nairn, Celebrity Chef, UK
A self-taught cook Nairn opened his first restaurant in 1986 and was awarded his first Michelin star 5 years later. He was the youngest Scottish cook ever to receive the honour.
Over the following years Nairn opened his eponymous restaurant in Glasgow as well as cooking schools in Port of Menteith and Aberdeen.
He also works as a consultant for several restaurants.
In his position as chef, teacher, consultant, culinary writer and broadcaster Nairn is the perfect choice for a judge on the Festival panel.
Visit Nick Nairn’s website, and follow him on Twitter – @NickNairn including during the festival, #CFBL13.
Pavel Maurer, Czech gourmet
Founder and Publisher of the highly acclaimed Maurer’s selection Grand Restaurants, Pavel Maurer is no stranger to judging good food.
Maurer is also the founder of the famous Prague Food Festival in which people can taste food cooked by the best restaurants in the city at a fraction of the usual price.
Eyvind Hellstrøm, Chef and frequent judge of the Bocuse d’Or, Norway
Having headed up his own 2 star kitchen at the Bagatelle in Oslow, Hellstrøm knows the pressure of working in a high-class kitchen.
As a judge and now president of the prestigious Bocus d’Or Europe culinary award he is also extremely well placed to decide the best menu put forward in the competition.
Patricia Broehm, Editor and Chief of Gault & Millau magazine, Germany
Acclaimed food, wine and travel writer Patricia Broehm has travelled the globe eating in some of the world’s most elite restaurants and writing about international cuisines.
Her knowledge of fine dining will make her an invaluable judge.
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