Melbourne-based Chefs Alex McIntosh (Sou’West Brewery) and Tristan Spain (Vue de monde) are set to compete in the Bocuse d’Or Grand Final in Lyon, France from 22-23 January 2023.

The four other international teams joining Australia are China, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea.

McIntosh was elected as Australia’s representative during the national competition held in February at the Foodservice event in Melbourne.

The chef got ahead of the other contestants and took home the Golden Knife Trophy and the title of Bocuse d’Or Australia 2022 while Spain was named Best Commis.

Bocuse d’Or Australia President Tom Milligan, Coach Dan Arnold and Jury Member Scott Pickett (all former contestants) will attend the event with the duo next year.

During the online national selection, chefs were required to submit a plant-based recipe with tofu as the main protein.

Australian black truffle and macadamia tofu

“Alex’s dish, Australian Black Truffle & Macadamia Tofu with Flavours of the Coast and Forest, is simply stunning and this is an incredible achievement for him,” says Milligan.

“We could not be more delighted to be joining 24 teams from around the world in Lyon, all vying for the golden statue of the competition’s founder, Monsieur Paul Bocuse.”