NEW YORK, Oct. 29, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On December 17, 2015, with the high energy of Las Vegas as their backdrop, four candidates will participate in a rigorous national selection to becoming the next Team USA. The winning team will represent the United States at the 2017 Bocuse d'Or biennial competition in Lyon, France.
This event, modeled after the world famous Bocuse d'Or, concludes with an esteemed chef panel who judge each candidate's presentations. Guests will be treated to a spectacular display of culinary skill and artistry during the 4 hour 35 minute competition. Each candidate prepares a stunning meat platter showcasing Kurobuta Pork provided by Snake River Farms and a fish dish featuring the Norwegian Seafood Council's Fjord Trout.
Chef Jérôme Bocuse, son of renowned Chef Paul Bocuse, whose family name graces the contest, says, "My father's vision for the Bocuse d'Or was to showcase the culinary traditions of each country. The winner of our USA selection unites the best of both American and French culture, something we are extremely proud of."
The competitors are:
Chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jérôme Bocuse will host the event along with Chef Jury members: Josiah Citrin, Traci Des Jardins, Olivier Dubreuil, Shaun Hergatt, Gabriel Kreuther, Barbara Lynch, Roland Passot, Richard Rosendale, Alain Sailhac, Robert Sulatycky and Ming Tsai.
Team USA 2017 Head Coach and 2015 Bocuse d'Or Silver Winner Chef Philip Tessier comments, "This is an exciting time for all of us as we seek to establish our legacy and pursue gold at the Bocuse d'Or. I look forward to working with each team, sharing my knowledge, and striving for a new level of excellence for USA."
Ment'or, founded by Chefs Boulud, Keller and Bocuse, is responsible for recruiting, training and funding the team USA that competes in the Bocuse d'Or.
Executive Director Young Yun says, "We applaud the culinary talents, skills and cuisine in America. Our Team USA national selection event is the start to a yearlong journey and we encourage everyone to keep motivating and inspiring Team USA to the Finals in Lyon."
The Bocuse d'Or Team USA competition kicks off ULTIMO, a lavish weekend of culinary events that occurs annually at The Venetian® and The Palazzo® Las Vegas. A highlight of the events include:
A portion of the proceeds from these events will be donated to ment'or. For tickets and more information on these events, please visit http://www.venetian.com/ultimo.
Ment'or thanks our generous sponsors and supporters: The Michael & Nancy Burgermeister Family Fund, All-Clad, Barclaycard US, Bridor, GL Events, Nestle Waters, Norwegian Seafood Council, Rationale Kitchens, Seven Rooms, Snake River Farms, Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, Steelite, Petrossian, Pommery
The ment'or BKB Foundation is a nonprofit that aims to inspire excellence in young culinary professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of cuisine in America. Ment'or is led by Chefs Jérôme Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, and Thomas Keller, as well as an esteemed Culinary Council of over forty renowned chefs.
SOURCE ment’or BKB