Ment’or is a leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.

Our aim is to build a sustainable community of young American professionals that are knowledgeable and confident in their career pursuits and will be life-long ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy. The organization is dedicated to making the careers of serious young individuals more meaningful and successful by offering them unique educational opportunities, internships, and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors.

 Our programs and services are focused on:

  • Offering Grants as continuing educational opportunities for culinary professionals looking to expand their culinary education and skill set

  • Identifying and promoting young chefs through the annual “Young Chef & Commis Competitions”

  • Selecting and training the most promising young chefs to represent USA at the world’s most prestigious culinary competition, The Bocuse d’Or

  • Supporting the culinary community and the individuals who are at the backbone of the restaurants we love through the Ment’or Giving Fund

The Foundation funds these programs and services through donations, sponsorships, and unique special events. To learn more about our nonprofit Foundation and programs and services, click here or email

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