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Adam Bennett of Simpsons Restaurant achieves Finals of the Bocuse Dor

Chef Adam Bennett Bocuse Dor Finalist

Chef Adam Bennett of Simpsons Restaurant Bocuse D'or Finalist

Chef Adam Bennett of Simpsons Michelin Restaurant Birmingham yesterday achieved a place at the prestigious Bocuse D’or world food competition.

Chef Adam Bennett has good reason to smile - He, along with his Assistant Sous Chef Kristian Curtis, also from Simpsons Restaurant, has achieved the almost unachievable of securing a place in the finals of the equivalent of the food Olympics, to be held in Lyon, France January 2013.

Chef Adam has spent much of the past 3 months locked away in the purpose built replica kitchens at University College Birmingham, where he has been perfecting his dishes to be presented to the judges from around the world at the Bocuse D’or competition.

Prior to travelling to the  event in Brussels Team coach Chef Brian Turner CBE (pictured), and President of Team UK, commented “The Bocuse d’Or is the toughest chef competition in the world and previous winners have often had a year off work to prepare.  Whilst we could not afford Adam that luxury, building him a special kitchen to train is a fantastic place to start.  On behalf of the Academy of Culinary Arts, the British Culinary Federation and other national chef associations I’d like to express our huge gratitude to the University College Birmingham for their huge contribution to the cause, and wish Adam the best of luck – this competition is tough.”

During the competition all competitors were given the same ingredients, which this year were  a platter of sole with shrimp and blue legged chicken. (pictured below) They were requested to serve two courses to the glitterati of world chefs who will be on display at the European finals. Having six hours to prepare both courses from scratch, and present to the highly critical judges. Amongst some of the best in the World. Adam achieved a highly commendable 6th place in the Semi-finals and has secured his place in the finals, January 2013 – ‘Cheffing does n’t get much tougher than this!’

More on the Bocuse Dor and Adam’s journey to the top Here

More on Simpsons Michelin Restaurant, Birmingham

Samples of Chef Adam’s preparation Dishes (Exclusive photos by www.leisuremarketingltd.co.uk (c) ETM 2012)

Adam Bennett Sharing advice & Tactics with Chef Brian Turner by www.leisuremarketingltd.co.uk

Adam Bennett Sharing advice & Tactics with Chef Brian Turner CBE

Bocuse Dor Platter by Chef Adam Bennett photo by www.leisuremarketingltd.co.uk

Bocuse Dor Platter by Chef Adam Bennett

Bocuse D'or preperations by Chef Adam Bennett

Bocuse D'or preperations by Chef Adam Bennett

Bocuse Dor Preparation Dish photo

Bocuse D'or Preparation Dish photo

Bocuse Dor by Chef Adam Bennett

Bocuse D'or by Chef Adam Bennett

Bocuse Dor violet by Chef Adam Bennett

Bocuse D'or violet by Chef Adam Bennett

Bocuse Dor blue legged chicken roulade by Chef Adam Bennett

Bocuse Dor blue legged chicken roulade by Chef Adam Bennett

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