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On November 9, 2017, The ment’or BKB Foundation proudly announced that Head Chef Matthew Kirkley and Commis Mimi Chen had been chosen to represent the United States as the 2019 Team USA. The Team USA selection, which was held at The Venetian for the second time, followed the Bocuse d’Or format during which the chefs had 5 hours and 35 minutes to prepare and present a platter composition and a plated dish to a panel of 21 jurors.
“I am very proud of Matthew and Mimi for having the confidence and the courage to have participated in this competition. It takes great teamwork and collaboration to achieve this goal. It’s a monumental moment that signals the beginning of the Road to Lyon. They are here not only to represent the United States, but to defend our gold medal,” said Chef Thomas Keller, president of ment’or.
Chef Matthew Kirkley announced: “Since 2007, when I first saw the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, I have dreamed of competing for my country on the world’s greatest culinary stage. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to do so. I look forward to the challenges ahead, and to work with the great group of people that make up Bocuse d’Or Team USA”.