April 3, 2018

5th Annual Russian National Culinary Championship “Chef a la Russe” Triumphantly Reaches Climactic Conclusion

March 30, 2018: 

We are delighted to announce that Russian National Culinary Championship “Chef a la Russe” finale, which took place on March 21 – 23 at Metro Expo, Crocus Exhibition Center, Moscow; has ended on March 23, after 3 days of passionate work by 40 Senior Teams and 10 Junior Teams coming from all over Russia to compete for numerous rewards provided by our gracious sponsors & partners, medals, the Grand Prix Cup, and, of course, the ultimate prize – a 10 day course at Paul Bocuse Institute, Lyon, France  and nationwide recognition.


Those 3 days were but the last mile of grueling Regional Qualification Competitions, held in multiple regions of Russia during the preceding year, thus ensuring that only the best would have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their skill and dedication to the art of cuisine.


After 4 fantastic years of unparalleled success, we have decided to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the championship with the biggest roster of participants yet, as well as invite a team of the best professional judges from all over the world, led by Worldchefs President Thomas Gugler to set new standards for our chefs for years to come.


Full Judging Committee roster includes:

  • Judging Committee Chairman – Thomas Gugler, Worldchefs President
  • Viktor Beliaev, President of Russian Culinary Association
  • Alexander Prokopovich, Vice-President of Russian Culinary Association
  • Gert Klotzke, Chairman of Worldchefs Culinary Competition Committee, Sweden
  • Gilles Renusson, Worldchefs Culinary Competition Committee Patesserie Advisor, USA
  • Svetlana Ryskova, Baltic Culinary Association President, Latvia
  • Alan Payen, Mauritius Chefs Association President, Mauritius
  • Tahir Amiraslanov, Azerbaijan Culinary Association President, Azerbaijan
  • Zoran Velkovic, Serbian Culinary Association Vice-President, Serbia
  • Iztok Legat, Slovenian Culinary Association President (2004-2008), Slovenia
  • Tapio Laine, Head of Finland National Culinary Team, Finland
  • Kirill Sinichkin, Vladimir Regional Culinary Association Vice-President, Russia
  • Rustam Tangirov, T.R. Bar, MadLabBar Executive Chef, Russia


During the final three day stretch of the tournament, the teams consisting of 3 chefs (2 for Junior Teams) competed in “National dinner” category, which entails preparation of 5 sets of 3 course dinner within 90 minutes that have to include mandatory ingredients, chosen by the organizational committee. This year, those were: Karelian trout for the starter, modern style lamb brisket for the main course, and turnip for the dessert. However, the Grand Finale offered our contestants a quite different and exciting challenge - “Mystery Black Box”, which included mandatory ingredients (bull’s testicles for seniors, beef liver for juniors), that were kept a close guarded secret until the very start of the competition on the 3rd day.


We are very well-pleased to say that our finalists have shown an enormous amount of skill, professionalism, and know-how, thus ensuring that the prizes were well-deserved. Our sincerest congratulations to our winners!

Senior Teams

  • 1st place Altayskiy Krai Team – Sergey Ternov (Team Captain), Mikhail Khmelinin, Nikita Ushakov
  • 2nd place Sochi Team – Alexander Akmaev (Team Captain), Pavel Dubrovin, Pavel Ledrov
  • 3rd place Vladimir-Suzdal Team – Roman Zakharov (Team Captain), Anton Tolstoshein, Dmitry Sablin

Junior Teams

  • 1st place Permskiy Krai Team – Valeria Vasilenko, Ilia Yarkov
  • 2nd place Volgograd Team – Nazim Ramazanov, Denis Almametov
  • 3rd place Moscow Team – Konstantin Dolgikh, Alexander Kuksa


We would like to thank all of our partners and sponsors for providing an huge amount of continuous support! We look forward to continuing our great relationships with you, as well as invite anyone willing to attend or participate in the championship next year!



About “Chef a la Russe”:


Annual Russian National Culinary Championship “Chef a la Russe” has been co-created in 2014 between Russian National Association and Metro Cash & Carry Russia and officially endorsed by Worldchefs.


For more information, please visit www.chefalarusse.com , www.dreamchef.ru

Media Contacts: Viktor Beliaev, 7235441@mail.ru ; Alexander Prokopovich, alexprokopovich@me.com  ; Bogdan Protasov, protasov.b@gmail.com


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