MARCH 23, 2017 (New York, NY) – Ment’or kicks off the search for the next American chef who will represent the United States at the Bocuse d’Or culinary competition in 2019. This year for the first time, Chef Mathew Peters and Commis Harrison Turone, brought home the gold medal from the 2017 Bocuse d’Or competition. The win comes off the heels of America gracing the podium in 2015 with a silver medal win, proudly earning the recognition and respect of the international culinary community. Today, the platform of support has never been stronger for chefs with the interest, tenacity and dedication to pursue the Bocuse d’Or. Chefs can apply today to become the next Bocuse d’Or Team USA.

Head chef applicants must be American citizens, at least 23-years or older by the date of competition and have at least five-years fine dining experience to apply. Commis applicants must be under that age of 21 by the date of the 2019 competition.

“Paul Bocuse’s dream was realized when Team USA won the gold statue at the 2017 Bocuse d’Or,” said Chef Thomas Keller, President of 2017 Team USA. “This competition has made an immense impact on young American chefs and the profession as a whole and we look forward to continuing to support Chef Bocuse’s dreams.”

Mathew Peters adds, “Never in our lives, nor our careers, did we think we would be representing our country in this way. The element of pride and accomplishment this brings, coupled with a sense of responsibility, is something that we did not take lightly.”

The selected chef and commis will begin training in January 2018 until the January 2019 competition. During the intensive training period, Team USA will be compensated for their time and any relocation costs to move closer to the training facility in Northern California.

For more details and to download an application please visit: www.mentorbkb.org/team-usa-2019-national-competition.

About ment’or The ment’or BKB Foundation is a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire excellence in young culinary professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of classic cuisine in America. Ment’or is led by a Board of Directors including Chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse, as well as an esteemed Culinary Council of over 40 renowned chefs who mentor young chefs, serve in an advisory capacity, and participate in fundraising events. Educational grants and internships are offered to young professionals through the Grants Program and a series of Young Chef Competitions, providing further opportunity to advance their culinary careers. For more information please visit www.mentorbkb.org, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.