Chef Skylar Stover Wins The Los Angeles Stop of the 2015 Young Chef Competition Series

 The Los Angeles stop of the ment’or BKB Foundation Young Chef Competition Series took place at Bouchon Bistro Beverly Hills last night with over 160 guests enjoying an exciting evening of competition while enjoying signature dishes and wine from The Spire Collection.  Chef/Judges William Bradley (Addison), Josiah Citrin (Melisse), Traci des Jardins (Jardinière), Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium/Barrel & Ashes) and Walter Manzke (République), Alan Wong (Alan Wong’s Honolulu) along with Bouchon’s Chef de Cuisine, David Hands observed all the competitors closely in the kitchen throughout the process and then each Chef Competitor and Commis presenting their dish in front of the entire audience.

Chef Skylar Stover (Hestan) along with Commis Harrison Turone won first place, a $10,000 cash prize and opportunity to stage at the restaurant of his choice anywhere in the world.

Pave of Striped Bass with charred eggplant mousse, squash blossoms, artichoke boudin, brandade croustillante, garden carrots, Niçoise olive and spinach puree with brown butter emulsion

Chef William Lansing (The Strand House) along with Commis Rebecca Foley won second prize, a $5,000 cash prize and opportunity to stage at the restaurant of his choice anywhere in the world.  

Striped Bass with olive mousse, fish mousse line, leek fondue, potato lyonnaise, pistou, herb velouté and fish stock

The competing chefs are scored on excellence in overall taste (50 points), presentation (30 points) and kitchen organization (20 points).  Competitors had a total of 2 hours and 35 minutes of cook time, followed by 3 minutes to plate their dishes.  Points are deducted if the teams go over their allotted time span. 

The 2015 Young Chef Competition Series is made possible by our generous and supportive partners, The Michael & Nancy Burgermeister Family FundAll-Clad, Bouchon Beverly HillsBragard USA, Champagne Michael GonetThe Chef’s Garden, International Marine Products, Invest HospitalityNespresso, Nordaq FreshParis GourmetThe Spire Collection , Steelite International and Williams Sonoma.