Gothenburg’s Fredrik Andersson – a chef at the city’s Gothia Towers – claimed a highly respectable second place in the final of the Global Chef Challenge on 27 September. The final brought together 20 of the world’s leading chefs for the fifth edition of the competition, which this year was held in the Greek city of Thessaloniki.
“Coming second out of so many skilled chefs from more than 40 countries means a great deal to me, and is a real honour,” says Fredrik, who represented Sweden in the competition. “I put in many hours of training, so it’s gratifying that my efforts paid off.”
The finalists prepared a four-course menu using eight set ingredients: duck liver, halibut, salmon, scallops, fillet of veal, sweetbreads, Valrhona chocolate and tea. Finland’s Eero Vottonen took first place, with Lee Boon Seng from Singapore coming third.
“I wanted to keep my menu fairly Swedish to reflect our culinary heritage,” continues Fredrik. “It was a privilege to show our fantastic west coast ingredients to the world.”
All the finalists had previously progressed through the qualifying rounds and semi-finals held in Prague, Bangkok, Aalborg, Auckland and Abu Dhabi during the year. The final of the Global Chef Challenge took place at the Worldchefs Congress & Expo.
“Fredrik did fantastically well in the face of such tough competition, and we’re extremely proud of him,” says Malin Franck, Restaurant Director at Gothia Towers. “We now look forward to this autumn’s forthcoming competitions and hope he will do just as well – or even better!”
On 22-25 October, Fredrik will be competing with the Swedish Culinary Team in the Culinary Olympics. The eleven-strong team will also include Eddie Zippert and Kalle Bengtsson from Gothia Towers’ Heaven 23 and Imagine restaurants.
Alongside them, Sweden’s Junior Culinary Team will also be taking part in the Culinary Olympics. Kasper Kleihs from Gothia Towers’ Upper House Dining will be one of nine chefs making up the team.
Krister Dahl, Executive Chef at Gothia Towers, is the only chef in the world to have won four gold medals at the Culinary Olympics. He will also be involved in this year’s event, this time as a member of the jury.
Gothia Towers is a place for meetings and experiences, for people from all around the world. With everything under one roof, you can quickly and easily make your way between the hotel, restaurants, meeting rooms, conference facilities and the exhibition centre. Our ambition is to be Europe’s most attractive meeting place, and we will achieve this by offering the best overall experience.
Gothia Towers is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre Group.