We’ve actively followed (since 2014,) and reported on, Team USA in their long pursuit of winning a place on the medals stand for the biannual Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition. Team USA 2015 headed by Chef Philip Tessier took the Silver Medal (just missing the Gold) and Team USA 2017 headed by Chef Mathew Peters earned the Gold in 2017, an incredible first for Team USA.
Team USA 2019 was just selected in a fierce five and one-half hour competition on Thursday, Nov. 9th at The Venetian Resort’s Palazzo Ballroom in Las Vegas. The three competing chef candidates are Ben Grupe, Elaia & Olio, St. Louis, MO; Jeffrey Hayashi, Mourad, San Francisco, CA; and Matthew Kirkley, COI, San Francisco, CA.
We’ll talk to Matthew Kirkley, the winning chef to head Team USA 2019 who will now train with his Commis (Mimi Chen) for the next year, and then helm Team USA 2019 in Lyon. Also, Team USA 2019 Head Coach, Robert Sulatycky. Next stop (in April 2018) for Team USA 2019 is the Americas Selection in Mexico City.
The Ment’or Young Chef & Commis Competitions were held on November 8, 2017 in Las Vegas and featured five young chef teams and six Commis candidates who competed in the kitchen of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The Winners from each competition will choose from a cash prize or the unique opportunity to train alongside Bocuse d’Or Team USA 2019.