In January, Norway chef Ørjan Johannessen won the world’s most prestigious food competition, Bocuse d’Or, in Lyon, France. The contest, created by Paul Bocuse in 1987, rewards the best chef among 24 international candidates. Traditionally, Scandinavians have come out on top. This is the fifth time a Norwegian has won. Johannessen, 29, follows in the footsteps of previous Norwegian gold medal winners Bent Stiansen (1993), Terje Ness (1999), Charles Tjessem (2003) and Geir Skeie (2009).
Here’s a look at the countries that placed in the top 10 at the 2015 Bocuse d’Or:
2. The United States
9. The Netherlands
10. The United Kingdom
You may remember Johannessen from Viking’s August 2012 issue, where we featured him and one of his recipes, Venison Carpaccio “Austevoll.” Johannessen works as a chef at Bekkjarvik Guesthouse, in Austevoll, just south of Bergen.