Jul 27, 2022 2 min read

18-year-old Isabella Winkler wins the Bocuse d'Or Sweden Commis Award

18-year-old Isabella Winkler wins the Bocuse d'Or Sweden Commis Award

Isabella Winkler from Dackeskolan in Mjölby took home the gold in this year's Bocuse d’Or Sweden Commis Award.

Isabella Winkler from Dackeskolan in Mjölby, Sweden, took home the gold in this year's Bocuse d’Or Sweden Commis Award, which was decided at GastroNord, Stockholmsmässan on Thursday 7 April. The purpose of the competition is to encourage more young female chefs to compete internationally, which strikes a blow to the restaurant industry's career opportunities.

Motivation of the jury

Among the four competitors, 18-year-old Isabella Winkler from Dackeskolan in Mjölby was crowned as the winner by a jury consisting of well-known chefs. The winner was presented by the chairman of the jury Tommy Myllymäki, with the motivation:‍

"With a very well-organized, mature and professional action in the kitchen, she has with enthusiasm and creativity created a beautiful, modern and tasty dish."

A commis is a younger assistant chef in a professional kitchen. The title has given name to the competition Bocuse d’Or Sweden Commis Award for young female chefs, which was decided at GastroNord, Stockholm Fair on Thursday the seventh of April.

Selected produce

This year's competition was about creating a dish from the main ingredient cutlet from Scan's sustainability pig with two optional garnishes and another that will contain the cheese Gammelknas from Arla. A sauce, sky or broth may be served with the dish. The produce was to be found out to the competitors in just two weeks before the competition was to start.

From the ingredients, Isabella created this dish: Roasted pork chop with a cracked vinegar cloud, a tangle of old-fashioned cheese and a potato with caramelized onions and spring onion cream.

"Fun but nervous"

The competition is aimed at young female chefs with the aim of attracting more women to take a place in international competition contexts.This summer, the winner Isabella Winkler will graduate from the culinary program at Dackegymnasiet in Mjölby. After that, she looks forward to traveling and seeing the world, and then continuing to work as a chef.

- It was super fun to be in the competition and I am very grateful to have the opportunity. It was nervous but when I got started I zoomed out, forgot the audience and went completely into my work, said Isabella Winkler after the victory.

Isabella will now, among other things, go to the big world final in the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon together with the Swedish competition team.

The Bocuse d’Or Sweden Commis Award is organized by Gastronomi Sverige.

Jury: Tommy Myllymäki, Jimmi Eriksson, Ulrika Brydling, Henrik Norström, Florencia Abella, Albin Edberg, Tia Strandberg and Peter Jelksäter.

Method jury: Malin Söderström and Linnea Sandgren.

Joel Gudheimsson
I'm a vice principal at a culinary School writing about the things I think is interesting In the culinary industry, world wide.
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