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Bocuse d'Or - The Road to Lyon 2023

$2,172 of $25,000 goal
Given by 41 generous donors in around 3 months

Help Will, Szren and Ken compete at the prestigious Bocuse d'Or International Finals in Lyon, France, January 2023


Bocuse d'Or is a biennial World Chef Championship. Named after the late chef Paul Bocuse, it is regarded as the world's most prestigious cooking competition and recognised globally as the Olympics of the culinary industry.

The initial Bocuse d'Or took place in January 1987, having grown to become one of the biggest and most sophisticated food and culinary arts fairs in the world.

This year, representing Aotearoa New Zealand on the world stage is the multi-award winning Chef Will Mordido (Candidate), joining him will be Chef Szren Hamberger (Commis), both guided by Chef Ken O'Connell (Coach) of Copia Restaurant.

The competition is fierce, with just 5 hours and 30mins, the three person team comprising of the Candidate Chef (Will), Commis Chef (Szren) and Coach (Ken), are tasked to create two elaborate presentations, typically a meat dish and a fish dish, taking place in an open 'culinary theatre'. Fully equipped kitchens are lined up side by side, facing an area for the jury, (John Kelleher AUT, is NZ's Jury member), members of the press, and the public udience. They will be scrutinised by some of the worlds most recognised and celebrated chefs.

The team are the first team from Aotearoa New Zealand to qualify on the world stage at this prestigious culinary competition. They will be competing in Lyon, France on 22-23 January 2023.

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Training costs and expenses for the final. Travel and accomodation costs for the competition. Cost for getting to Lyon, France in January 2023.

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Still on our way to Lyon  16 October 2022

We had a great fundraiser dinner at Park Hyatt on the 2nd October. If you couldn't attend this dinner and still want to help the team make it to Lyon - share our Givealittle page with everyone you know and encourage them to give a little something to help us on our way.

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Vicki & Peter
Vicki & Peter on 21 Aug 2022
Well done guys. Wishing you every success in Lyon.
Ashennafee on 17 Aug 2022
🇳🇿 Lessgoo Team Aotearoa, New Zealand
Michael Chen
Michael Chen on 16 Aug 2022
You’ve got this Will, Szren, Ken and team! #TeamNZ
Helena on 16 Aug 2022
All the best! :) Go team NZ!
Ashennafee on 16 Aug 2022

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This campaign started on 3 Aug 2022 and ended on 3 Nov 2022.