October 26, 2022 
The European Regional Qualifying Tournament was held!

The European Regional Qualifying Tournament was held on October 24 (Monday), 2022, at Le Cordon Bleu Paris.
The nine contestants competed in the Cooking Technique Test (Basic Knife Skills) and the Preparation of a dish using specified main ingredients.

<Cooking Technique Test (Basic Knife Skills)>

Katsuramuki, Ken, Shikishi-giri, Wagiri and Tanzaku-giri

<Preparation of a dish using specified main ingredients>

In line with this year’s theme “DASHI,” each contestant prepared a dish using the specified ingredient.

  • Main specified ingredient: scallop
  • Specified common ingredients (select at least 3):
    yuzu, daikon, sweet potato, shimeji mushroom and kujo spring onion

Highlight Movie

*Published on November 8

Judges

Mr. NAKATA Masahiro
Director of Taiwa Gakuen Inc.
Director of Taiwa Gakuen Hospitality Industry Development Center

Mr. HAYASHI Daisuke
Japanese Cuisine Goodwill Ambassador
Deputy Chairman of Japanese Culinary Academy UK
Owner chef of the Japanese restaurant “Roketsu” in London

Top contestants

First Place Jakub HORÁK (Czech Republic, Yamato Japanese restaurant)

Jakub HORÁK will be invited to the Final Tournament to be held in Tokyo in late February 2023.

Second Place Miguel Alexandre Ferreira BERTOLO
(Portuguese Republic, Owner chef of Chirashi Sushi and Ramen,
Japanese cuisine instructor in ACPP Lisbon,
the title of representing Tokyo college of sushi and washoku in Europe)

Third place KURKÓ Zsolt (Hungary, Sushi Sei Restaurant)

Contestants

* Listed in alphabet order of Contestant's name

Joe Kimura DOWNIE
(French Republic, Kimura’s Kitchen)

Lubomir HAPONIK (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Beaverbrook and Roketsu)

Kamil Lukasz MALEJKI (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Beaverbrook Estate)

Bruno Augustin REGO
(Italian Republic, Ancora Uno Food & Drinks)

Tibor REPA (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Kaia restaurant, The Ned Hotel)

Simone ZEPPIERI (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Personal Chef)