Big news on the Bocuse d'Or front: French Laundry executive sous chef Philip Tessier will represent Team USA in the 2015 competition in Lyon along with his commis Skylar Stover, French Laundry's chef de partie. The Bocuse d'Or is sort of like the culinary Olympics, and participating is a major honor and time commitment. The New York Times reports that while in past years Team USA was selected via a national competition, this year the team was selected by the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation based on applicants' resumes. Apparently the foundation eschewed the national competition in favor of allocating those resources to training the selected chefs. (Training is pretty intense.)
ISSF has more information on the two chefs, and notes that this isn't the first time Team USA has "dipp[ed] into the French Laundry well." (Thomas Keller is on the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation board of directors). Some fun facts about Team USA: Tessier has been with Keller for about 10 years including a stint as the chef de cuisine of Bouchon; Stover is only 21 years old and has been at French Laundry since March. The Bocuse d'Or will take place in Lyon in January 2015.
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