Why not apply for the Bocuse d’Or instead?
It is the world series of cooking, or something close to it – and, beside the fame of being the first American to win, there is also 20,000 Euros ($35,000) in booty.
The favorites are the French and the Norwegians, but why not help make it the year an American finally wins?
The Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation is inviting chefs to apply to compete for the USA in the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition in Lyon, France in 2011.
Super chef Paul Bocuse founded the prize in 1983. Since then, no American has placed higher then sixth place.
Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse lead the Foundation. Sixteen applicants will be selected to compete in the US semi-finals and finals competition, which will be held from February 4-6, 2010 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. One competitor represents the USA in Lyon.
This year’s American contender, Timothy Hollingsworth, placed sixth in Lyon out of a field representing 24 countries. On his return he was promoted from sous chef to chef de cuisine at the French Laundry.
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