Kiwi Competitor at the Bocuse d’Or Needs an Accomplice!

A huge congratulations to William Mordido, named as the representative from New Zealand to compete at the Bocuse d'Or Competition! Even more exciting is the opportunity for a young chef to join Mordido on his journey.

Born in the Philippines and raised in Aotearoa, Mordido’s insatiable hunger for innovative cuisine and the ability to stem inspiration from his heritage led to the formation of Buko Pop Up Restaurant. His ambitions have taken him around New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Cook Islands, Germany, and England, with no sign of slowing down.

“This is the pinnacle gastronomic competition and something I have aspired to my whole career,” expressed Mordido upon the Bocuse d’Or announcement.

Mordido is on the lookout for a young chef between the ages of 17 and 20 that can be based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland, to join him as his Commis Chef on stage at the world’s most prestigious gastronomic competition, recognised globally as the Olympics for chefs

What will set the successful applicant apart from the rest is a willingness to learn, a strong work ethic and the embodiment of one of the Bocuse d'Or core values: ‘remain humble in victory and luminous in defeat’.

Send your expressions of interest to John Kelleher and Mordido at and they will send you an information and application pack.

Paul Bocuse was a French chef based in Lyon who was known for the high quality of his restaurants and his innovative approaches to cuisine. Since 1987, the Bocuse d'Or has been regarded as the most prestigious award for chefs in the world (at least when French food is considered) and is sometimes seen as the unofficial world championship for chefs.