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Registration Opens for Yacht Club de Monaco Superyacht Chefs Competition

22 February 2022By Olivia Michel
YCM superyacht chefs competition
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Superyacht chefs wanting to exhibit their galley skills in front of Europe’s top culinary experts can now apply to enter the prestigious Superyacht Chefs Competition in Monaco. The culinary competition will take place on April 7, 2022, and is hosted by Yacht Club de Monaco’s La Belle Classe Academy training centre for luxury yachting professionals in collaboration with brokerage house Bluewater.

The finalists of the last Superyacht Chefs Competition, held in 2019
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The competition will be chaired by Chef Guillaume Gomez, French gastronomy ambassador and member of Disciples d'Auguste Escoffier who ran the kitchens at the Elysée, and will be supervised by Joël Garault, President of Goûts et Saveurs. The jury that will pick the competition winner comprises Michelin-starred chefs Nicolas Sale and Didier Anies together with Nicolas Benoit, professor at the world-renowned Ferrandi culinary and hospitality academy in Paris.

The event will offer just nine superyacht finalists the opportunity to create dishes for the esteemed judges and an audience comprising superyacht owners and haute cuisine specialists. Participants who have already entered include chefs from the galleys of 106-meter Black Pearl and 78.5-meter Hampshire II. In previous years, winners have included Chef Stéphanie Gravier of 73-meter explorer Planet Nine and Pablo Albuerne of 53-meter Tales.

The competing chefs will use mainly seafood in their creations
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Comprising three rounds of just 40 minutes each, the competing chefs will be given a basket of mystery ingredients right before the start of each round and must combine creativity, speed, and talent to create a dish on the spot.

Work stations will mimic the restrictive conditions found in superyacht galleys and the ingredients will consist largely of seafood to emphasize the strong connection to the sea necessary for all chefs working aboard superyachts. For the first time since its inception, the 2022 competition has also introduced an eco-conscious, anti-waste criteria, meaning that chefs will be penalised for any ingredients left out from their culinary creations.

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco joined the final of the competition in 2018
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“We want to position Monaco as a centre of excellence in the luxury yachting sector, and that includes for training,” commented Yacht Club de Monaco general secretary Bernard d’Alessandri. “A competition like this one is a great opportunity for professional superyacht chefs to showcase their skills.”

To register, contact academy@ycm.org.

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