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Swedish chefs win gold at Culinary Olympics

10 Oct 2012, 16:38

Published: 10 Oct 2012 16:38 GMT+02:00

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“Grand slam – we won everything,” the Swedish Culinary Olympic team (Kocklandslaget) wrote in a statement following their gold medal wins at the competition in Erfurt, Germany.

The team's victory was unique as the Swedish chefs were triumphant in both the Hot Kitchen category, as well as in the Cold Platters display.

The effort resulted in Sweden taking home the 2012 Culinary Olympics crown, for a menu including “spice-crusted red deer saddle” and “graved and blackened ling”.

“The team performed the best they have ever done,” Krister Dahl, manager of the Swedish Culinary Olympic team, said in a statement afterwards.

“What a great crew I have had the privilege to lead these past four years. I have never experienced such a team spirit, where everyone is there for each other and contributes with creative ideas and thoughts, even outside of their own areas of responsibility. Wonderful!”

Dahl himself has won the most medals in the history of the Culinary Olympics, with his first success in 1996 as part of Sweden’s junior Culinary Olympic team.

Dahl and his team have made Sweden the country to beat in terms of high-class cooking.

“The Swedish kitchen has become known all over the world because of their success,” the team wrote on its website.

Sweden’s national team has won gold twice before, in 2000 and 2004, as well as bronze in 2008.

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With another golden title under their belts, the Swedish chefs will have to cook up something even more spectacular in four years time, in order to successfully defend their crown once more.

Sanne Schim van der Loeff

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17:17 October 10, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
At this very moment, Katarina Lindberg's teeth are clenched, her eyes are filled with rage, and she is shaking uncontrollably. Within seconds she will go into wild convulsions and will have to be held down by several people, who will need to administer powerful sedatives to render her unconscious.
18:44 October 10, 2012 by johnjohn
The Swedish chef, my favorite Muppet.
07:59 October 11, 2012 by robban70226
It appears that the endless list of cook programs in TV are finally teaching the Swedish people how to cook, that there is more to food that rotten fish and boiled potatoes, there is hope for the Swedish food, thanks for the immigrants!!
22:06 October 11, 2012 by Schwoebel
How is this possible? they had to have used dishes and methods from outside of Sweden, and if anyone here has ever lived in Sweden; trying to introduce something that isn't korv or potatoes is like asking someone to eat hemlock.

Good for them, but them winning goes against everything that is swedish food culture.
17:39 October 12, 2012 by Molnboman
The writer forgot to mention that the National Junior Team won overall gold as well as Stockholm Culinary Team winning best regional Team in the World. www.stockholmculinaryteam.com an incredible achievement for Sweden's Chefs.....and I didn't see a meatball used once in Erfurt this week!
12:01 October 13, 2012 by alecLoTh
We should be embracing this people! It means a wider perspective and an outward-looking thought is going into preparing food and who knows where else.
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