Monday, December 7, 2009

Where To Go For Dinner In The United States Of America

Bocuse d’Or (Preliminary) Contestants Are Announced

The chefs are:

Luke Bergman, 28, of The Modern, Museum of Modern Art; NYC
James Kent, 30, of Eleven Madison Park; NYC
John Rellah, 40, of the New York Yacht Club, and
Jeremie Tomczak, 33, French Culinary Institute. The other chefs are
Danny Cerqueda, 29, of the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, N.C.;
Michael Clauss, 35, of Daily Planet in Burlington, Vt.;
Mark Liberman, 31, of Roxy’s Black Sheep of West Palm Beach, Fla.; (can't find website)
Christopher Parsons, 38, of Catch in Winchester, Mass.;
Jennifer Petrusky, 22, of Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago;  (best website - most content)
Andrew Weiss, 28, of the Chef’s Workshop in Las Vegas; (can't find website)
Percy Whatley, 40, of the Ahwahanee in Yosemite, Calif., and the Top Chef contestant
Kevin Gillespie, 26, of the Woodfire Grill, Atlanta, Ga. (A position on the team was a reward in one of the show’s competitions.)

The chefs, each assisted by a commis, will compete on Feb. 6 at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., to see who will go on to cook against teams from 23 other countries at the Bocuse d’Or International Culinary Competition in Lyon, France on Jan. 25 and 26, 2011, "perhaps the most demanding and prestigious cooking contest"NYTimes.com

Some of these restaurants take reservations online. Please let me know if you find the missing websites and they'll be added. (My words are italicized.)

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