The international group, which also has production facilities at Hjelmeland just outside Stavanger, enters now as a partner for the contest, and among other tasks is in charge of supplying salmon for both training purposes and the actual contest where the 20 chefs will be competing.
- Supplying salmon to the contest's 20 participants
Wednesday March 12 2008 Marine Harvest signed a cooperation agreement with Bocuse d'Or Europe 2008. The international group, which also has production facilities at Hjelmeland just outside Stavanger, enters now as a partner for the contest, and among other tasks is in charge of supplying salmon for both training purposes and the actual contest where the 20 chefs will be competing.
"We have been associated with the Bocuse d'Or contest in Lyon for many years now through the Norwegian candidates. We have lent support particularly to our local candidates in 2003 (Charles Tjessem) and in 2007 (Sven Erik Renaa). Now the first European Championships are to be held and it is here in Stavanger we are eager to contribute to the successful accomplishment of the event. We view this as a unique opportunity for both Norway in general and for the company, especially in regard to profiling. We at Marine Harvest are immensely proud to be able to take part by supplying salmon to this culinary arts championship. It is important for us as a producer of salmon to profile this wholesome, delicious food, to the world's leading chefs, our customers and our employees" said Andreas Kvame, Sales & SCM Director at Marine Harvest.
Marine Harvest is the world's leading seafood company. The group offers an extensive range of seafood products to customers in more than 70 countries and produces one-third of the world's farmed salmon. The company has activities in 20 countries. Marine Harvest is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and has more than 20,000 shareholders. Its head office is located in Oslo, Norway.
Bocuse d'Or is decidedly the world's most renowned contest in individual culinary arts, and can look back on 20 years of success. The standard rises to new heights with each edition of the contest and more and more countries are keen to participate. At the 20th Jubilee held in January this year, Paul Bocuse decided it was necessary to provide the contest with a further international dimension and invited Norway and Stavanger to organise the first-ever European championship; Bocuse d'Or Europe. 20 chefs from as many European countries have registered and on the day of the contest will be conjuring up the most exceptional of dishes based on Norwegian lamb and salmon.
At the same time as Bocuse d'Or Europe kicks off, the catering exhibition "Buffet" will also be opening its doors. The European Culture Capital "Stavanger2008" has also decided to hold its international food conference "Food for the future" in the same arena from June 30 to July 01, in order to give conference participants a chance to follow the contest. Thus, the stage is set for a spectacular international profiling of Norwegian food in general and the Stavanger region, highlight in particular next summer - with Norwegian salmon in a starring role.