June 18, 2015 (New York, NY) – Today, the ment’or BKB Foundation, announces the sixteen candidates who will compete in its 2015 Young Chef Competition Series. Set to kick off in Los Angeles on August 27th followed by dates in Chicago, Houston and New York City. Four chefs between the ages of 22-27 will compete in a Bocuse d’Or-style challenge, with the winning team in each city being awarded $10,000, which may be used to stage at the restaurant of their choice. The team placing second, receives $5,000.

“We established the ment’or Young Chef Competition series to identify the next generation of great chefs in America, and to give them the opportunity to further their culinary education,” said Daniel Boulud, Chairman, ment’or BKB Foundation. “We have a strong group of candidates, and are very excited to see them compete!”

“Ment’or provided me with the opportunity to express my creativity, make valuable connections and receive feedback from some of the most recognized chefs in the United States,” said Danny Sterling, Winner, 2014 Young Chef Competition Series – Miami. “Winning the Young Chef Competition has opened many doors for me, from my current stage at 42 grams to the sous chef position I will be taking this fall at Rosendale Collective.”

Boulud along with Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse are spearheading the competition series as one of the ment’or BKB Foundation’s key programs. Culinary greats from the ment’or Culinary Council will be on hand in each city to judge the competition, a ticketed event with all proceeds going to support the foundation. Tickets are set to go on sale in early July via the ment’or website at

Los Angeles August 27, 2015
Chicago September 17, 2015
New York September 26, 2015
Houston October 8, 2015

Second Annual Young Chef Competition Series Candidates:

Matthew Bergen – New York, NY – Lupa Osteria Romana
Michael Dengelegi- Vallejo, CA- Bouchon Bistro Yountville
Lee Foden-Clarke – Los Angeles, CA – Bouchon Bistro Beverly Hills
Mark Garcia – Bronx, NY – Winnisook Club
David Kneller – Greensboro, MD – Bartlett Pear Inn
William Lansing – Redondo Beach, CA – The Strand House
Torre Liebchen – Hackensack, NJ – etc. steakhouse
Max Loff – Golden Valley, MN – Spoon and Stable
Zachary McCarty – Staten Island, NY – El Vez
Angel Medina – Austin, TX – Fixe
Ryan Peters – Key Largo, FL – Ocean Reef Club
Mara Serna – Houston, TX – Treadsack
Corey Siegel – Rye, NY – Westchester Country Club
Skylar Stover – Portland, OR – Hestan
Tim Tokarz – New York, NY – Café Boulud
Michelle Tribble – Dallas, TX – Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck

To learn more about each of the competitors, please visit the ment’or Facebook page.

About Ment’Or
The ment’or BKB Foundation is a nonprofit organization that inspires excellence in young culinary professionals through three key programs, including recruitment and training for the biennial Bocuse d’Or Culinary Competition. In 2015, Team USA became the highest-ranking American team, taking home the prestigious Silver Statue. Robust educational and mentorship opportunities are offered to young culinary professionals through the ment’or Program for Continuing Education as well as the Young Chef Competition Series.

ment’or is led by a Board of Directors including Chefs Jérôme Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, and Thomas Keller as well as an esteemed Culinary Council of over forty renowned chefs nationwide. For more information please visit, visit us on Facebook , follow us on Instagram and Twitter @mentorbkb.