The opportunity to represent the U.S. and compete against the world’s top culinary talent at the Bocuse d’Or 2013 is beckoning all young American professional chefs. The Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation is now accepting applications for this prestigious international culinary competition which will be held in Lyon, France on January 29-30, 2013. From the qualifying applicants, 12 chefs will be invited to an audition in September 2011, where they will be interviewed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors, comprised of renowned chefs Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse. In addition, they will be asked to prepare one dish, which will be judged by an esteemed panel of chefs, selected from the Foundation’s Culinary Council Members. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three candidates during the September auditions.

The Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation will provide Team USA, comprised of the winning chef and his or her commis (assistant), with an extensive training program under the supervision of the Foundation’s Board and a Head Coach. In addition, all expenses associated with the international competition will be taken care of by the Foundation. 
Auditions for the 12 finalists will be held September 26-27, 2011. A fundraising cocktail party will be held on September 27th to announce the results. Further information on the cocktail event and how to purchase public tickets will be available on the Foundation’s website as of July 15, 2011. 

The application and guidelines can be downloaded from the Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation’s website, All applications must be received by May 30, 2011 at midnight EST.