Prince Carl Philip of Sweden ventured out on an epicurean journey on Thursday. The 36-year-old was a judge at the Chef of the Year competition held at the Globe Arena in Stockholm. The competition was organized by Swedish dairy companies in association with the Gastronomic Academy, the Swedish Chefs’ Association and the Chef of the Year Association.
As a member of the jury, the car race-loving royal tasted a two-course meal prepared by the participants of the competition. There were eight participants vying for the award. Carl Philip led an 8-judge panel to taste the various dishes and select the best.
On the menu were two courses that chefs were given five hours to prepare. The first course consisted of dishes made from Norwegian halibut and King crab which they knew in advance about the raw materials . The second course was made of Swedish lamb or Saddle of Roe Deer.
But what made the competition interesting was the hopefuls being tasked with devising a dish that involved 50 percent vegetarian ingredients. After the tasting session, the handsome prince presented the Gastronomic Academy’s Gold Award to the winner, Jimmi Eriksson from restaurant Little Ego in Stockholm. The silver medal went to Johan Backéus at the cooking studio Aveqia in Stockholm.
In third place was David Lundqvist, Gute Grill and Bar in Stockholm. “I’m really impressed by all the contestants,” Carl Philip said. He added that he was amazed by their knowledge, creativity and hard work.
The Swedish royal who is all set to become a dad in April told them that the kind of enjoyment they bring to food and its presentation was commendable. The third-in-line to the Swedish throne added that all this was thanks to the participants' “hours and hours of training.” The competition is being held since 1983.
Carl Philip continued his delectable itinerary with an early morning tour of a coffee plant on Friday. He then went to watch the 2016 Swedish Rally in Värmland. This year the prince did not participate due to bad weather conditions. He told Swedish newspaper Expressen that he would love to return to racing competitively.