Foundation History

Since 1987, there has been United States representation at the Bocuse d’Or World Competition. In 2008, Chef Paul Bocuse asked Daniel Boulud to develop a structure to provide more support to the US team, particularly for the training period leading up to the global competition. Chef Boulud engaged Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse to form the Board of Directors, of what is now the Foundation.

In 2008, the Board selected a group of distinguished American Chefs to join the their Culinary Council and to help them select eight chefs to qualify in the USA finals competition. In September of 2008, those eight chefs and their commis competed in the US Competition in front of a live audience of over 3,000 guests, hosted as the opening weekend of the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World.

Since the Foundation was formed, competitors representing Team USA include:

  • 2009: Chef Timothy Hollingsworth and Commis Adina Guest of The French Laundry placed sixth overall
  • 2011: Chef James Kent and Commis Tom Allan of Eleven Madison Park placed tenth overall
  • 2013: Chef Richard Rosendale and Commis Corey Siegel of The Greenbrier placed seventh overall
  • 2015: Chef Philip Tessier and Commis Skylar Stover of The French Laundry placed second overall, the highest ranking ever for an American team
  • December 2015: Chef Mathew Peters and Commis Harrison Turone of Per Se were selected to represent Team USA at the 2017 Bocuse d'Or competition in Lyon, France

In addition to supporting Team USA, the Foundation is committed to helping support young culinary careers through educational grants and opportunities. 

In 2014, ment’or was unveiled as the new name for The Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation. Ment'or remains dedicated to "inspiring culinary excellence" in young professionals and to help elevate and promote the fine culinary arts in America.