A first Nice cooking competition organized for City officials with disabilities

They are blind, deaf, in a wheelchair. Which doesn’t stop them from enjoying themselves and others. “Behind the handicap, the skills are the same for everyone.” The point of view of Hervé Laubertie, director of well-being, occupational health and social dialogue, CV Handi Chef, the first handi / valid Nice cooking competition, organized on Wednesday, place Pierre-Gautier by this service and that of the Handicap and maintenance at work from the Ville de Nice. A first whose dual purpose was to highlight the cuisine of Nice interpreted by municipal, metropolitan, CCAS or government employees, affected by visual, hearing and motor disabilities.

Alone or in tandem

The competition was held by eight territorial agents. Sometimes forming a pair with a valid person. Total concentration to compete in the commented events of Franck Viano, the local Mr. Cuisine, the foot in a mound because of a cracked tendon and for the shot, also disabled. On the competition menu: twenty questions about the kitchen, recipes with holes to fill, recognition of products to taste and touch. For the final culinary test, the candidates prepared a two-sided Nice salad: traditional, then revisited with the same ingredients on the market.

Work like everyone else

Vanessa doesn’t see. Next to her, her dog guides her to sleep while the vegetables are staged on the plate. Motivated by Vanessa? “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 details the tomatoes. He’s deaf. And then? “I cook at home and through this competition, I support the approach to agents and the world of disability. You can be disabled and work in a classic way.” Like everyone else …

The list of winners

At the end of the competition, a jury including various personalities, including chef Luc Salsedo, Denis Bensa, author of culinary works, Coline Bataille, agronomist and home chef, Hervé Laubertie and Sophie Berettoni, director of the human resources division, 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 Ait-Seguer, 8. Eric Murris.

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