Since 1987, there has been a United States representation at the Bocuse d’Or World Competition. In 2008, Chef Paul Bocuse asked Daniel Boulud to develop a structure to provide more support to the US team, particularly for the training period leading up to the global competition. Chef Boulud engaged Thomas Keller and Jerome Bocuse to form the Board of Directors, of what is now the Foundation.
In 2008, the Board selected a group of distinguished American Chefs to join the their Culinary Council and to help them select eight chefs to qualify in the USA finals competition. In September of 2008, those eight chefs and their commis competed in the US Competition in front of a live audience of over 3,000 guests, hosted as the opening weekend of the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World. The judging panel included the countries’ very finest chefs and the honorable Paul Bocuse himself. In addition, the USA was represented at the 2009 Bocuse d’Or World Cuisine Competition in Lyon by Chef Daniel Boulud, who was asked to be the prestigious International President d’Honneur and by Thomas Keller, who was invited to be the US Président and Judge.
Since the Foundation was formed, competitors representing Team USA include:
- 2009: Chef Timothy Hollingsworth and Commis Adina Guest of The French Laundry placed sixth overall, the highest ranking ever for an American team
- 2011: Chef James Kent and Commis Tom Allan of Eleven Madison Park placed tenth overall
- 2013: Chef Richard Rosendale and Commis Corey Siegel of The Greenbrier placed seventh overall
In addition to supporting Team USA, the Foundation is committed to helping support young culinary careers through educational grants and scholarships. In January 2012, The Bocuse d’Or USA Foundation hosted a Commis Competition and awarded a $10,000 educational grant to Chef Rose Weiss from Gramercy Tavern. Chef Weiss received this grant to complete her three month stagiaire internationally in 2013.