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A call for applicants: Maybe this year the U.S. could win the Bocuse d'Or (or at least place in the top three)

October 16, 2009 |  8:00 am

Bocuse

Can Norway not win the Bocuse d'Or again, please? 

The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation is seeking applicants from talented chefs for the opportunity to represent America at the Bocuse d'Or international culinary competition in Lyon, France, in 2011. Founded by legendary chef Paul Bocuse, it's the Olympics of the food world, and the U.S. has never placed higher than sixth -- in 2005 by Hartmut Handke of Ohio and last year by Timothy Hollingsworth of the French Laundry.

Last year's winner was Norway's Geir Skeie, pictured above, right. For more than a decade, chefs from Norway have been top contenders against longtime front-runners from France; chefs from both countries train for years. The winner gets the golden Bocuse trophy and 20,000 euros.

The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation, led by Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse, will choose 16 applicants to compete in the U.S. semifinals and finals competition, which will be held Feb. 4-6 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 30, and the application is available at www.bocusedorusa.org.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo credit: Associated Press

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