A first Nice cuisine competition organized for city officials with disabilities

They are blind, deaf, in wheelchairs. This does not prevent them from feasting and feasting others. “Behind the disability, the skills are the same for everyone.” The point of view of Hervé Laubertie, director of well-being, health at work and social dialogue, summary of Handi Chef, the first disabled/valid Niçoise cooking competition, organized on Wednesday, place Pierre-Gautier by this service and that of Disability and job retention for the City of Nice. A first of which the double but was to highlight the cuisine of Nice interpreted by municipal, metropolitan, CCAS or management employees, affected by visual, auditory and motor disabilities.

Alone or in tandem

The competition was contested by eight territorial agents. Sometimes forming a pair with an able-bodied person. Total concentration to compete in the events commented by Franck Viano, the local Mr. Kitchen, the foot in a boot because of a cracked tendon and for once, also handicapped. On the menu of the competition: twenty questions about cooking, recipes to find to complete, recognition of products by taste and touch. For the final culinary test, the candidates prepared a two-sided Niçoise salad: traditional, then revisited with the same ingredients from the market.

Work like the others

Vanessa does not see. Beside her, her guide dog dozes while the vegetables are staged on the plate. Vanessa’s motivation? “I love challenges, but this competition is more of a game that allows me to test my knowledge of Nice.” Opposite her, behind another trestle, Valbert is detailing the tomatoes. He is deaf. So what ? “I cook at home and through this competition, I support the approach in relation to agents and the world of disabilities. You can be disabled and work in a traditional way.” Like everyone…


At the end of the competition, a jury comprising various culinary personalities, including chef Luc Salsedo, Denis Bensa, author of books, Coline Bataille, agricultural engineer and chef at home, Hervé Laubertie and Sophie Berettoni, director of the human resources department, established a ranking: 1. Frédérique Pivert, 2. Valbert Veillard, 3. Jean-Marc Senia and Karim Amara, 4. Isabelle Escudie and Sandrine Filippini, 5. Vanessa Levy and Sylvie Le Guem, 6. Rabiah Ayab, 7. Yacine Aït-Séguer, 8. Eric Murris.


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