Backed by the popularity of 2012 Bento contest, La Semaine du Goût in Japan organized in 2013 the International BENTO Contest inviting Bento recipes packed with the signature dishes of countries from all over the world to be submitted and presenting awards for the best entries.

International BENTO Contest 2013


Terroir / Local specialties

Entry period for recipes:

2nd September (Mon.) ~ 22nd September (Sun.), 2013

Entry process:

Through La Semaine du Goût website or by posting on Cookpad's recipe website


Mr. Yukio Hattori (President of Hattori Nutrition College)
Mr. Kiyomi Mikuni (Owner & Chef of "Hôtel de Mikuni")
Ms. Makiko Fujino (Cooking Expert)*- Mr. Hiromitsu Nozaki (Head chef of "Waketoku Yama")
Mr. Noriyuki Hamada (Chef of the Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court, Hoshino Resort)*
Mr. Guillaume Gomez (Executive Chef of the Elysée Palace in Paris 〈MOF〉)*
Mr. André Pachon (Owner & Chef of "Restaurant PACHON")*
Mr. Cyrille Schwartz (President of La Semaine du Goût in France)*
* judges present at competition's final

First screening

From the 236 submitted recipes (including 20 recipes from abroad), 10 finalists were chosen by reviewing all their submitted documents.

Final of the contest

・Event date & time: 20th October (Sun.), 2013 from 13:00 to 16:30
・Location: Tokyo Gas Yokohama Showroom Cooking Studio (Yokohama-shi, Nishi-ku, Minatomirai MARK IS)
・Content: The finalists prepare and cook their BENTO recipes
・Participants: 10 finalists

At the final of the contest, the finalists demonstrated their cooking and their presentation skills. First place, second place, third place and the special award winner received awards from sponsoring partners.

【1st Place】Ms. Masami Okamura "Mackerel with Miso-Mayo in Bento"

【2nd Place】Ms. Kaori Hara "For Greedy Eaters! Thai-style Lunch Box"

【3rd Place】Ms. Asae Endo "Mt Fuji Bento ~ Pork with Wasabi Deep-fried Wraps"

Sponsorship: Tefal (Groupe SEB Japan Co.,Ltd.) / Tokyo Gas Co.,Ltd.
Cooperation: COOKPAD Inc. / FUJIFILM Imaging Systems Co.,Ltd. / SunWood Inc.
Supported by: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

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