Three Moroccans in the official Tournament of African Chefs

Written by FDM

Culinary art is definitely at its limelight in Africa this upcoming week. Two of the most prestigious continental selections will take place in Marrakech from June 28 to July 1. Three Moroccans will be competing in the respective selections of Tournoi des Chefs d’Afrique (TOC): Bocuse d’Or Africa, and World Pastry Cup.

The top African Chefs will be meeting from June 28 to July 1 in Marrakech at the Palmeraie Golf Palace. The event will take place in the context of 4 days of competition called the Tournament of African Chefs organized by Rahal Event. The first selection for the World Pastry Cup sees 8 teams of 2 pastry chefs competing from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina-Faso, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. The duo Yassine Lamjarred of the Martina pastry in Rabat and Mohamed El Yazidi of Chocochic in Salé who will represent the kingdom.

The second competition planned is the Bocuse d’Or Africa organized for the very first time in its history. Culinary teams from six countries, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Gabon will all convene in Marrakech where they will cook to defend their countries colors.

Each chef team will have 5 hours and 35 minutes to prove themselves during an intense culinary showdown, where they will be assessed on creativity and technique as the clock counts down. A final tasting jury will score a dish and platter, deciding who will win the first ever Bocuse d’Or Africa title.

The winning team and a runner-up will qualify for the Bocuse d’Or world Finale,  in January next year in Lyon where they will compete against the 24 other global finalists, with the dream of winning the world title. This year, Chef Aissam Ait Ouakrim, Executive Chef of Palais Soleiman in Marrakech, will proudly represent the kingdom in this competition along with his commis and the all important coach.