Haute 100: Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse Announce the Candidates for the 2016 Young Chef and Commis Competitions


On Wednesday, May 11th, Haute 100 listers and renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller as well as distinguished chef Jérôme Bocuse has announced the candidates for the 2016 Young Chef and Commis competitions.

The competition, which is hosted by the ment’or BKB Foundation, will feature nine candidates from across America.

The Young Chef Candidates:

  • Marco Bahena, The Everest, Chicago, IL
  • Sam Daigle, Spoon and Stable, Minneapolis, MN
  • Cesar Gutierrez, Café Boulud, New York, NY
  • Sarah Hsieh, The Modern, New York, NY
  • Vincenzo Loseto, The NoMad, New York, NY
  • Aaron Salita, Bouchon Bistro, Yountville, CA

The Commis Candidates:

  • Christopher Andre de la Porte, Café Boulud, New York, NY
  • Mimi Chen, Restaurant Daniel, New York, NY
  • Brendan Scott, La Folie, San Francisco, CA

In a statement describing the Young Chef and Commis competitions, chef Keller said, “As established chefs, it is our responsibility to create and foster programs that promote mentorship and shared experiences for the next generation of chefs in the United States.”

Other renowned chefs slated to attend the competition are James Briscione, Chris Hastings, Shaun Hergatt, Timothy Hollingsworth, Gavin Kaysen, James Kent, Gabriel Kreuther, Barbara Lynch, Mathew Peters, Bryce Shuman, Robert Sulatycky and Philip Tessier (Winner of the 2015 Bocuse Silver Medal).

Chef Kaysen added, “I am impressed by the level of culinary talent that we have competing this year and am looking forward to witnessing their display of skills. As a mentor to many young chefs, events like this make a tremendous impact in supporting their career trajectory.”

The competition is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 8th at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE). Tickets start at $95/ General ticket (4pm Arrival), $175/ VIP ticket (3pm Arrival). VIP guests will enjoy an intimate reception with chefs Boulud, Keller, Bocuse and the additional guest judges, as well as reserved seating during the presentations to the judges and a signed program.
For those of you unfamiliar with ment’or BKB Foundation, the organization was founded in 2008 by Boulud, Keller and Bocuse. The organization is a leading nonprofit organization devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America.