Since landing in the U.K. over a week ago, I’ve had a pretty amazing trip to Europe so far. I’ve been busy eating, seeing old friends, and making new ones.
Today, Wednesday, January 26, the United States sends Jamal James Kent of Eleven Madison Park to “the box,” along with his commis, 22 year-old Tom Allan at this year’s Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France. In an intense, five-hour cooking session, they will present two “platters” to a panel of judges from around the world.
The U.S. has never made it to the podium at this international cooking event. Its highest placement has been sixth.
I have had the great opportunity of being included by Kent and his coaches – Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Gavin Kaysen – in a lot of the team activities here in Lyon in the past couple of days. And I’ve had the pleasure of photographing it all.
For this thirtieth photo of the week, I give you Jamal James Kent in the early morning hours in the kitchen of Paul Bocuse’s family home and now-restaurant, l’Abbaye de Collonges in Collonges, France, where the American team has been practicing and prepping for more than a week. Good luck, Team U.S.A.!