MENT'OR YOUNG CHEF & COMMIS COMPETITIONS

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, France.  In January 2015, Team USA stood on the podium for the first time ever and held the Silver Bocuse. Winning Gold remained our goal and Team USA 2017 finally accomplished this in January by taking home the Bocuse d’Or for the first time in the competition’s history.  Our achievements in 2015 and 2017 have garnered the recognition and respect of the international culinary community and we hope to keep building on this momentum.

The Foundation’s mission is to continue to build our legacy and to introduce more aspiring young cooks to the Bocuse d’Or. In 2014, we launched the ment’or Young Chef Competition Series to recognize outstanding young cooks, who have the potential to one-day represent Bocuse d’Or Team USA. In an effort to further recognize and inspire those embarking on their culinary career, we will once again host a Commis Competition.  Both events will be modeled after the Bocuse d'Or and winners will have the incredible opportunity to stage with Team USA 2019.  


Competition Format

Competitors must develop a unique recipe based on the featured protein. Young Chef Candidates must select an assistant to train and compete with, and will have 2 hours and 35 minutes to cook and plate 10 tasting size portions of the dish; Commis candidates will have 90 minutes.  All competitors will be paired with mentors from the Foundation’s Culinary Council or previous Bocuse d’Or Team USA representatives, to provide guidance during their training.  A panel of renowned chefs drawn from the Foundation's Culinary Council will serve as officials at the competition. Judges will evaluate each team's/candidate's preparation of the selected protein, which will be announced upon selection of the finalists.  Candidates will be evaluated on excellence in overall taste, presentation and kitchen organization.


Prizes

Winners will have the choice of a cash prize or the opportunity to work with Team USA 2019 via a paid stage (please note that ment'or may issue IRS forms to prize winner if required to by law).


Guidelines & Application Materials

YOUNG CHEF (TEAM) COMPETITIONCOMMIS COMPETITION
  • Applicant must be an American citizen
  • Applicant must be between 22 and 28 years of age at the date of the competition
  • Applicant must have at least 3 years of kitchen restaurant experience 
  • An assistant must be selected by the chef applicant and must be an American citizen, 24 years of age or younger at the time of the competition
  • Young Chef teams will have 2 hours and 35 minutes to cook and plate 10 tasting-size portions of their dish, based on the selected protein
  • Applicant must be an American citizen           
  • Applicant must be 21 years of age or younger at the date of the competition
  • Candidate selected for the Commis Competition cannot participate as an assistant for the Young Chef Competition.
  • Commis candidates will have 90 minutes to cook and plate 10 tasting-size portions of their dish, based on the selected protein

 


If you have any questions, please email Rebecca O'Neill, Competitions Manager, at rebecca.oneill@mentorbkb.org.