The Young Chef Competition was launched in 2014 to recognize outstanding young chefs throughout the country. Selected candidates and their assistants compete in a 2 hour and 35-minute live cooking competition in front of a panel of esteemed chef judges from across the country, scoring on taste, presentation and kitchen organization. Winners will earn the coveted opportunity to travel to Lyon, France with the Bocuse d’Or Team USA 2019 as they compete to defend Team USA’s gold win from the 2017 Bocuse d’Or competition.
The third annual Commis Competition will also be returning this year to continue to inspire those beginning their culinary careers, and to introduce these young talents to the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious culinary competition. Commis candidates will compete in an hour and a half live cooking competition, and be judged by the same panel of esteemed chef judges as the Young Chef candidates on excellence in overall taste, presentation and kitchen organization.
Candidates of the Young Chef & Commis Competitions will be paired with advisors from the ment’or Culinary Council, as well as previous Bocuse d’Or competitors, to guide them throughout their training for the Young Chef & Commis Competitions. Winners will have the choice of a cash prize, or the opportunity to travel to Lyon, France to watch and cheer on Team USA 2019 Chef Matthew Kirkley and Commis Mimi Chen compete at the Bocuse d’Or 2019 Finals.