Since 2008 it has been a key mission for the Foundation to enable the best young talent in America to effectively train for the privilege and honor of representing the United States at the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon.  The result of that patience and determination was realized for the first time in 2015 when Team USA stood on the podium with the Silver Bocuse, garnering the recognition and respect of the international culinary community. In January of 2017 we were proud to return from Lyon with the Bocuse d’Or, having realized Monsieur Paul Bocuse’s dream of USA winning Gold.

We are now pleased to announce the three final candidates who will compete to represent the next Team USA and defend our Gold title at the Bocuse d’Or in 2019!


Head Chef: Ben Grupe, Elaia & Olio, St. Louis, MO
Commis: Jared Dix, Elaia & Olio, St. Louis, MO




Head Chef: Jeffery Hayashi, Mourad, San Francisco, CA
Commis: Brionna Morrison, Mourad, San Francisco, CA




Head Chef: Matthew Kirkley, Coi, San Francisco, CA
Commis: Mimi Chen, Restaurant DANIEL, New York, NY