Join us in Las Vegas to Celebrate Young Chefs in America!

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 Please Join Us in Las Vegas to Celebrate ment’or and Young Chefs in America!

“We are excited to provide America’s young culinary talent with the opportunity to showcase their skills on a platform that will not only challenge them, but inspire them to be their best. I and my esteemed colleagues on the Culinary Council are happy to be able to support these competitors throughout this journey. There is a palpable sense of excitement at the competition in Las Vegas; the sort of energy that will inspire those competing to push themselves to the next level.”

~Chef Thomas Keller, President of the ment’or BKB Foundation



The Young Chef and Commis Competition will be held on Wednesday, December 12 at University of Nevada, Las Vegas in front of a live audience. Tickets are available to the public here, providing an exciting opportunity for the public to cheer on America’s young culinary talent, come see the action up close and personal!

All competitors are paired with mentors from the Foundation’s Culinary Council or previous Bocuse d’Or Team USA representatives, in tandem with the foundation’s goal of inspiring culinary excellence and fostering a supportive community for the next generation of great chefs in America.  

This year’s 2018 Young Chef & Commis candidates will congregate in Las Vegas from all across the country, with competitors hailing from Washington, D.C, Chicago, IL and Boston, MA all the way to Honolulu, HI. Click here to learn more about the competitors of the Young Chef & Commis Competitions.

Following the competition, ment’or will host a 10th anniversary celebration dinner. Chefs Paul Bartolotta, Justin Cogley, Timothy Hollingsworth, Michelle Karr-Ueoka, Mathew Peters, Rich Rosendale and Philip Tessier will come together to prepare a special menu honoring the late Chef Paul Bocuse, for whom the Bocuse d’Or, the world’s most prestigious culinary competition, is named. The festivities will begin with a 45-minute cocktail reception at 7:15pm with passed canapés, followed by a four-course menu.

Tickets for the competition and celebration dinner are available for purchase at

The Young Chef and Commis Competition is made possible by proud sponsors including:All-Clad,BarclaycardUS,Bridor,Nordaq Fresh,Pure Bred Lamb, and Steelite.

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  • 2017-18 Grantee Davey George was immediately excited by the cuisine and culture behind Peruvian food, so he selected Central Restaurante in Peru for his stage. He says his experience broadened his awareness of the importance of fresh ingredients, and he returned to the US inspired by his own growth as a young Chef. To read Davey’s full stage story, head to our website: #mentoryoungchefs #mentorbkb #mentorship ... See MoreSee Less