Chef Mathew Peters and Commis Harrison Turone will represent the United States at the 2017 Bocuse d'Or culinary competition in Lyon, France.
The national selection event was held at the Venetian Hotel and Palazzo in Las Vegas. Modeled after the actual Bocuse d'Or competition, four teams participated in a live 4 hour 35 minute competition culminating in elaborate food presentations before an esteemed chef panel. Guests cheered on their favorite teams, mingled amid the sponsor displays and enjoyed gourmet snacks from the Norwegian Seafood Council and Urbani Truffles topped off with Pommery champagne.
Leading the training program is 2015 Bocuse d'Or Silver Medalist and Team USA Head Coach, Chef Philip Tessier. By him will be Chef Gavin Kaysen, himself a former contender in the Bocuse d'Or and the ment'or BKB Foundations' board of directors, Chefs Daniel Boulud,Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse.
"I am thrilled for Chef Peters on his victory in today's competition," Kaysen said. "The Bocuse d'Or is the most prestigious and difficult global cooking competition. He demonstrated great technical skill and it will now take countless hours of training if they want to achieve the podium. I look forward to standing by head coach Chef Phillip Tessier and helping them achieve our goal for gold for the first time ever in 2017."
Peters hails from Meadville, Pennsylvania. At 19, he enrolled in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Pittsburgh. Upon graduation,he moved to Naples, Florida, where he worked for the Ritz Carlton in the Dining Room. After years of honing his skills in Naples, he set his sights on New York City at Adour Alain Ducasse. He continued to work there until he was offered a position at Per Se in 2009. Shortly after he became a sous chef at Per Se, Chef Keller offered him the opportunity to work as a sous chef at his flagship restaurant, The French Laundry. He spent more than years at The French Laundry, and was promoted back to Per Se as the Executive Sous Chef in February 2012.
Second place was awarded to Chef Brian Lockwood and his Commis John Cormaic Sullivan, The Nomad, New York.
A prize for Best Commis was awarded to Commis Tyler Peer, The Broadmoor, Colorado.