Burning Questions

Jerome Bocuse has some thoughts and advice for the cheftestant.

Nov 19, 20090

The Norwegian who won the Bocuse d’Or 2009 had dreamt of winning since he was twelve-years old. Do you think a lifelong desire is essential to Bocuse d’Or success?
I’m not sure. I think you can find different sources of motivation to win the Bocuse d’Or.  Whether being challenged for years, or [spontaneously] challenging Kevin, as we are now, to go to Hyde Park. [His attitude should be,] ‘They’re giving me that opportunity and I’m going to show them what I can do.” I’m sure there are different ways.  I’m sure that all the previous winners didn’t win because of lifelong inspiration. You could ask them why they did the Bocuse d’Or, or why they participated in Top Chef, and get different answers. Ultimately, it’s the challenge.

This is the second year running that a Top Chef candidate will appear in the U.S. team selection event. (Top Chef Season 3 winner Hung Hyunh competed in 2008.) Does the ability to do well on Top Chef offer some indication of the ability to do well in the Bocuse d’Or?

It’s about the pressure, and at the end of the day if you’re a good chef on television you can be a good chef in the Bocuse d’Or competition.  You’re performing in front of an audience, but you’re still cooking.  It’s all about cooking and how well you can cook under that pressure.

Andrew Friedman is the author of the soon-to-be-released Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d’Or Competition, which details the story of the 2009 American team.

5 comments
PeachPie
PeachPie

Opps. I meant "heart of hearts" not "HEAT of hearts".

Hmmm... actually, I think I like it better said the wrong way, lol.

Andrew Friedman
Andrew Friedman

Wulliams,

The answer to your question is books about Boulud and Keller, and about the Bocuse restaurants and recipes.

split7inch
split7inch

Yukon Cornelius ftw.

"Complex flavors executed with a subtle hand."- Kevin Gillespee

Wulliams
Wulliams

What books did Jerome Bocuse give Kevin?

kathy from austin
kathy from austin

Just ordered your book. Can't wait to get it and thanks for the insight.