Bocuse d’Or—Post Game

Just returned to snowy Clevelandtown, a twenty-two hour haul from Lyon via Heathrow and O’Hare, thinking all the while on the Bocuse d’Or competition and feeling bad for Team USA, and wondering what to make of it all. “This was a tough one to swallow,” Chef Kaysen...

Bocuse d’Or—Team USA’s Quest For Gold

We met Team USA this morning in the Paul Bocuse commissary a half mile down the road from his restaurant. The team was finishing their mise, checking it, and checking it again. A box of Chef’s Garden micro tarragon and teensy radishes had arrived, the produce in...

Bocuse d’Or 2011

What do culinary competitions mean in America? Reality shows on Bravo and the Food Network pitting chefs against one another have made compelling TV and earned huge audiences here, but actual not-made-for-TV competitions remain off the radar. American chefs who...