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It's not the easiest name in the world to remember but globetrotting foodies might want to acquaint themselves with Rasmus Kofoed of Denmark. The chef was victorious in the Bocuse d'Or, the biannual cooking contest that draws the elite of the culinary world to the French city of Lyon. He had won the European Bocuse d'Or Championship in Geneva last June and had won the bronze medal at the Bocuse d'Or 2005 and the silver medal at the Bocuse d'Or 2007 and was the favorite going into this year's event.
The event is sponsored by several luxury brands including Hublot and Perrier. Chefs representing countries around the world compete in a live competition packed with spectators. Chef Thomas Keller is president of the Bocuse d'Or USA foundation and Daniel Boulud is chairman. Bloomberg News reports that they were Lyon to support the U.S. competitor James Kent, sous chef at Eleven Madison Park.Denmark's victory was part of a Nordic sweep, the runner-up was Tommy Myllymaki of Sweden and the third place went to Gunnar Hvarnes of Norway.
Rasmus Kofoed has his own restaurant, Geranium, in Copenhagen. Menu items include lightly smoked potatoes with dried peas and lovage; freerange pork with raw, crunchy and soft Jerusalem artichokes; and sheep's milk yogurt with scent of pine needles. Copenhagen is becoming a global culinary hot spot, it is also home to Noma, a restaurant chosen as the world's best in the San Pellegrino awards last spring.