© Bocuse d'Or Belgium
In a thrilling Sunday showdown, Archibald de Prince, a rising culinary talent hailing from Arlon, claimed the gold medal in the Bocuse d'Or Belgium competition.
Leading his team to victory, he now stands as the proud representative for Belgium in the upcoming Bocuse d'Or Europe, scheduled for March 2024 in Trondheim, Norway.
The competition, known for its rigorous standards, featured a jury of 24 esteemed chefs boasting an impressive 40 Michelin stars collectively. De Prince's culinary prowess and imaginative flair successfully impressed this discerning panel.
During the intense culinary face-off, participants were tasked with crafting a vegetarian starter and a plate incorporating two mandatory ingredients: the Malines cuckoo and seafood. De Prince, demonstrating both skill and creativity, navigated the challenge with finesse.
Notably, De Prince is not a stranger to Luxembourg's culinary scene, serving as the sous-chef to René Mathieu at the Michelin-starred restaurant La Distillerie, nestled in Château Bourlingster.
The Bocuse d'Or, initiated in 1987 by the late Paul Bocuse, saw a historic win by Luxembourg's Lea Linster in 1989, marking the only victory by a female chef. In a serendipitous turn of events, her son, Louis Linster, recently earned the title of Chef of the Year in Luxembourg according to the Gault&Millau guide. The culinary legacy continues, celebrating excellence across generations.