Meet Sweden's "Chef of the Year"
Thomas Sjögren, who works at Swedish Taste in Gothenburg, has been crowned Sweden's "Chef of the Year."
On Thursday, eight finalists competed in the the Swedish Championships in professional cooking for the title of "Chef of the Year 2015", at the Gothia Towers in Gothenburg. In four hours and ten minutes they had to present a mixture of fish and seafood starters and a dish based on Swedish farm lamb. When the final dish had been tasted, Thomas Sjögren, from Swedish Taste in Gothenburg, was declared the winner.
His menu consisted of salmon, lobster, scallop, mussels and lightly pickled herring. The lamb was charcoal-grilled, with side dishes of savoy cabbage, potatoes, cream and licourice fennel.
Wearing a gold medal and spraying champagne, Thomas Sjögren thanked the public and hailed his home town.
"I want to thanks all Gothenburgers who have come here," Sjögren said, and thanked his family and those who had helped him.
Second prize went to Daniel Engellau from Aveqia in Stockholm and the third prize was awarded to Saori Ichihara from the Stockholm gastro pub Shibumi.
The competition is described as "for chefs, by chefs", and has grown in prestige over the years as interest in Swedish food has taken off both at home and abroad. Today, the country has a growing number of one and two Michelin star restaurants.