AN ALL-STAR CAST OF AMERICA’S BEST CHEFS TEAM UP TO TRAIN CHEF JAMES KENT

FOR THE ULTIMATE CULINARY COMPETITION - THE BOCUSE D’OR

THE WINNER IS CROWNED “THE WORLD’S BEST CHEF”



BIO. Channel presents a two-part, four-hour special, THE AMERICAN CHEF, chronicling American chef James Kent’s journey to the famed Bocuse d’Or, the most prestigious international culinary competition in the world.  This riveting special about the coveted Bocuse d’Or, known as the “Culinary Olympics of Food” will take viewers inside the training, preparation and dedication that it takes to make it to the top. THE AMERICAN CHEF premieres on Wednesday, November 23 & Thursday, November 24 at 10PM ET/ 9PM CT/ 11PM PT [9PM CT/11PM PT) on BIO.     
 
U.S. chef James Kent from the famed New York City restaurant Eleven Madison Park, along with his assistant (commis) Tom Allen, set out to be the first Americans ever to win the Bocuse d’Or title. Can they handle the pressure? Does America have the culinary savoir-faire to compete on the world stage?


This special will follow James and Tom, who make up Team USA, for a year long journey that begins with feverish work at the world-renowned French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley. Then it is on to New York City where  intense training and final preparations are made at David Bouley’s “test kitchen.” Here they will be mentored by an all-star line-up of iconic American chefs including: Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Gavin Kaysen and Timothy Hollingsworth. Viewers will get a rare peek into the kitchens of premiere US restaurants as James and Tom are tested and challenged by the best in the business. 


Questions will arise if James will be able to handle the rigorous training schedule or if he will be able to create a menu to awe the world’s most notable critics and chefs. It will all culminate in Lyon, France, in a five and a half hour cooking showdown where 24 international teams vie for the most coveted title in the culinary arts- the Bocuse d’Or.


Culinary cast supporting Team USA featured in THE AMERICAN CHEF include:  Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Jerome Bocuse, Gavin Kaysen, Daniel Humm, Timothy Hollingsworth, David Bouley, Tom Colicchio, Paul Liebrandt, Gabrielle Kreuther, Terrance Brennan, Scott Boswell, Mark Erickson, Dr. Tim Ryan, Paul Bocuse and others.

 
THE AMERICAN CHEF is produced for BIO by Warner Hanson Television. Warner Hanson has won several James Beard Awards and Emmy Nominations for its various television food programs. Executive producers and creators for Warner Hanson Television are Chris Warner and Heidi Hanson in association with The Bocuse D’or USA Foundation. Executive Producers for BIO. are Jordana Hochman, Elaine Frontain Bryant, David McKillop. 


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Barry Rosenberg / (212) 210-1476   Barry.Rosenberg@aetn.com