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Bocuse d'Or Now Taking Applications for Team USA

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Bocuse d'Or season is approaching again: The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation is now accepting applications for spots on its 2015 team, with applications available online here and due by June 30th. Accepted applicants will compete in the 2014 USA National Competition, and the winner will lead Team USA in the 2015 competition in Lyon, France. The Bocuse d'Or is sort of like the culinary Olympics, and a spot on the US team means face time with heavy hitters like Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud. Here's the press release:

The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation
Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 USA National Competition
Winner to Represent America in Lyon at the Bocuse d'Or in 2015

New York, NY (May 30, 2013) -- The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation is pleased to announce that the search for the next great American chef to compete in the Bocuse d'Or has begun. The application process begins today and all applications must be submitted by June 30, 2013. The application and guidelines can be downloaded directly from the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation's website,

"Daniel, Jerome, myself, and the rest of the Foundation are eager to build on the progress from past competitions," states Chef Thomas Keller, President of the Foundation. "We need extremely talented chefs who relish the opportunity to represent our country on such an important culinary stage."

Daniel Boulud, Chairman of the Foundation, notes, "We're excited to enter the next chapter and build a successful team for Bocuse d'Or 2015. This is just the first step in what is a long, intensive process in aiming for perfection and the podium."

All applicants must be American citizens and 23 years of age or older at the date of the final competition in Lyon in January 2015. Chefs submitting an application are required to have had at least three years of experience in a fine dining establishment. In addition to the application form, each chef must submit a one-page essay describing his or her qualifications and motivation to represent the USA in Lyon; two letters of commendation; and a current dinner menu from the present employer.

Past USA competitors include Timothy Hollingsworth (formerly of The French Laundry), James Kent (Eleven Madison Park), and Richard Rosendale (The Greenbrier).

"I'm looking forward to what we as a Foundation, a team, and a country can achieve," said Team USA's head coach and former Bocuse d'Or competitor Gavin Kaysen. Along with Kaysen, the Foundation is supported by a Culinary Council made up of the country's top chefs. This includes: Grant Achatz, José Andrés, Paul Bartolotta, John Besh, Scott Boswell, William Bradley, Jonathan Cartwright, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Traci Des Jardins, Trey Foshee, Chris Hastings, Shaun Hergatt, Timothy Hollingsworth, Daniel Humm, Eli Kaimeh, James Kent, Gabriel Kreuther, Emeril Lagasse, Corey Lee, Matthew Lightner, Barbara Lynch, Michael Mina, Roland Passot, Jacques Pépin, Anne Quatrano, Paul Qui, Richard Rosendale, Alain Sailhac, André Soltner, Susan Spicer, Frank Stitt, Ming Tsai, Michael Tusk, Bryan Voltaggio, and Alan Wong.

The Bocuse d'Or is the world's most prestigious culinary competition, held every two years in Lyon and named after legendary French Chef Paul Bocuse. For more information on the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation please visit

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