“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.
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