At only 17 years old, Louis Barbier, student at the Lycée Charles de Gaulle in Compiègne, Hauts-de-France, was awarded the gold medal in the competition for the Best Apprentice in France 2022 in cold cooking. Six students have won the title!
Louis prepared the competition alongside Nicolas Gautier, one Michelin starred chef at the restaurant “Nature” based in Armentières. Louis has been learning there since August. He was also accompanied by his teachers of culinary techniques from the Lycée Charles de Gaulle: Bruno Van Der Weijden, 2010 Gold Toque and François Gadenne.
The final of the competition took place at the Apprenticeship Training Center (CFA) Médéric, a renowned hotel school in Paris, on September 30. The theme of the event this year: River trout and its three garnishes – tapioca, seasonal fruits and herbs.
The organizer underlined the increasingly high cooking level and congratulated all the candidates.
The “One of the Best Apprentices in France” Competition was created in 1985 by Paul Labourier, Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF) teacher from Morbihan. It was initially a departmental event, then regional, and finally national since 2001.
The competition has since experienced strong growth throughout the country: more than 6,000 candidates register each year in more than 90 professions. It is aimed at young people under 21, in initial training from public or private establishments, under school status or under an apprenticeship contract.
This competition is one of the gateways to various other competitions, such as that of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and gives Louis a professional visibility that highlights his talent and his excellence.
Congratulations to Louis, to all the young apprentices and to the teachers!