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Bocuse d'Or competition: Now accepting chef applications

May 20, 2011 |  6:00 am


Ever dream of competing at the Olympics of the culinary world? Here's your chance. The Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation is calling for chef applicants to compete at the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France, in January 2013. Twelve qualifying applicants will be interviewed in September by the foundation's board, which includes chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse. They also will be asked to prepare one dish to be judged by a panel of chefs, with cash prizes for the top three candidates.  

The winning U.S. team -- a chef and his or her commis (assistant) -- will be provided with an intensive  training program under the supervision of the board and a head coach, and all expenses associated with the competition will be paid. The application and guidelines can be downloaded from the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation's website, www.bocusedorusa.org. The deadline is May 30 at midnight EST. Somebody's got to beat the Northern Europeans

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: From left, chefs Paul Bocuse, Jerome Bocuse and Daniel Boulud with 2009 Bocuse d'Or competitor Timothy Hollingsworth. Credit: Dave Getzschman/For The Times.