Bocuse d'Or 2008

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Bocuse d'Or 2008






The country’s top professional chefs competed live in the Bocuse d’Or USA competition at the EPCOT® World Showcase Pavilion September 27-28.  Each competing chef had two dishes they presented with a five and half hour prep time.  The meat course featured beef tenderloin, oxtail and beef cheek. The fish course featured Atlantic cod, Hawaiian prawns and scallops.  For each course, the chefs prepared a show platter and plated individual portions with three garnishes for each judge.  Plates were judged on taste, artistry and organization.

Celebrity Chef Non Voting Judges included Paul Bocuse, Jerome Bocuse, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Léa Linster.  The event was mc-ed by John Besh, August Restaurant, Dana Cowin, Food & Wine Magazine and Al Roker,NBC’s Today Show.

Technical Kitchen Judge:

  • Roland Henin, Delaware North Parks
    Buffalo, NY

Fish Judges:

  • Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park
    New York, NY
  • Traci des Jardins, Jardinière
    San Francisco, CA
  • Gavin Kaysen, Café Boulud
    New York, NY
  • Patrick O’Connell, Inn at Little Washington
    Washington, VA
  • Alain Sailhac, French Culinary Institute
    New York, NY
  • Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Georges- New York, NY

Beef Judges:

  • Michel Bouit, World of MBI
    Chicago, IL
  • Hartmut Handke, Handke’s Cuisine
    Columbus, OH
  • David Myers, Sona
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Georges Perrier, Le Bec Fin
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Andre Soltner, French Culinary Institute
    New York, NY
  • Laurent Tourondel, BLT Restaurants
    New York, NY

As a major sponsor, Enodis outfitted four kitchens for the competition. The kitchens included Convotherm combi-ovens, Garland ranges and Delfield refrigeration and custom tables with additional pieces from Merrychef.

The finalists will represent USA at the Bocuse d’Or International Cuisine Competition in Lyon, France January 23- 30, 2009.  Twenty four national teams from around the world will compete for the gold.