2014 Ment’or Young Chef Competition

2014 Ment’or Young Chef Competition


On Saturday, November 15th, guests are invited to enjoy great food and wine, and watch four young chefs compete at acclaimed culinary arts school, International Culinary Center, for a chance to win the stagiaire of a lifetime at the Ment'or Young Chef Competition.

Amid enjoying food stations, guests receive an up-close look at the competitors in action while they are hard at work preparing dishes for the esteemed panel of judges. VIP ticket holders begin their afternoon at 2 p.m. with an exclusive one-hour canapé and wine reception. All ticket holders are welcomed into the event at 3 p.m. As competitors are cooking, guests will enjoy dinner and featured fine wines from The Spire Collection, including Mt. Brave and WindRacer. Mt. Brave is located in Napa Valley high atop Mt. Veeder which is known for producing some of the region’s most exclusive wines. WindRacer produces two distinct Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs from Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley

Chef Judges: Cesare Casella, Shaun Hergatt, Eli Kaimeh, Alain Sailhac, André Soltner, Susan Spicer

Young Chef Competitors:

Scott Franqueza, New York, NY
Senior Chef de Partie, Café Boulud

James Haibach, Boston, MA
Lead Line Cook, The Country Club

Jonathan Mosier, Capac, MI
Assistant Banquet Chef, The Country Smokehouse

Alexander Yoon, Plymouth Meeting, PA
Line Cook, Little Fish

2:00 p.m., VIP arrival for private wine and canapé reception with Chef Judges
. 3:00 p.m., General Admission arrival. 
5:00 p.m., Judging begins. 
5:30 p.m., Awards.

Terms & Conditions: Tickets are non-refundable. 100% of the ticket proceeds will be donated to ment’or. Please consult your tax advisor regarding deductibility. Must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol; please drink responsibly.

Ment'or is a leading nonprofit organization devoted to INSPIRING CULINARY EXCELLENCE in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine in America. Our aim is to build a sustainable community of young American professionals that are knowledgeable and confident in their career pursuits and will be life-long ambassadors of quality and excellence in the world of gastronomy. The organization is dedicated to making the careers of serious young individuals more meaningful and successful by offering them unique educational opportunities, internships and access to a Culinary Council of established mentors. Our programs and services are focused on:

•    Offering Grants as continuing educational opportunities for culinary professionals looking to expand their education and skill set

•    Identifying and promoting young chefs through the “Young Chef Competition Series”

•    Selecting and training the most promising young chefs to represent the Bocuse d’Or Team USA at the world’s most prestigious culinary competition

The Foundation funds these programs and services through donations, sponsorships and unique special events. To learn more about our nonprofit Foundation and programs and services, click here or email info@mentorbkb.org

Ment'or is proud to launch the Young Chef Competition series, designed to help find up and coming culinary leaders, identify future ambassadors for the culinary arts, and showcase the skill level and cuisine in America. Debuting this fall, these public competitions will take place in four different cities across the county. Young cooks will be asked to demonstrate their technical skills and creativity in a spirited and challenging contest.

A panel of renowned chefs drawn from the Foundation's Culinary Council will serve as officials at the competitions. Judges will evaluate each competing team's preparation of the selected protein which will be announced to the competitors approximately four weeks prior to the competition. Each competing chef must prepare a dish based on the selected protein for the judges to evaluate. The competing chefs will be judged for excellence in overall taste, presentation and kitchen organization.