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Bocuse d'Or Update: the Final Judges Announced!

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It been almost a month since the Bocuse d'Or contestants were announced, and we've got about a month to go until the big U.S. semi-final in Orlando this September. However, to whet our appetites (especially during real Olympics season), the Bocuse team has released the names of the 12 top judges who will be joining officials Boulud, Keller, and Jerome and Paul Bocuse to decide who moves on to rep America. We've got more than our fair share of big guns from New York: Daniel Humm, Gavin Kaysen, Laurent Tourondel, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, and the deans of the French Culinary Institute, Andre Soltner and Alain Sailhac. Hopefully it gives our NYC cheftestants an edge.

They've also announced that the competition, which takes place on Sept 26th & 27th at Disney World, will be followed, natch, with a Grand Tasting and Awards Gala with "opportunities to meet and mingle with some the world's top chefs." You'll be able to buy the (presumably pricey) tickets on August 25. And another bonus: they have a surprise guest acting as master of ceremonies (officially submitting our vote for Kim Cattrall), but Team Bocuse is keeping mum on that front.

Here is the complete list of judges Hung and all the rest need to impress:

· Michel Bouit, Bocuse d’Or USA Director, ‘87-’07 Chicago, IL
· Hartmut Handke, Bocuse d’Or USA Competitor, ‘03 Columbus, OH
· Daniel Humm, Eleven Madison Park NY, NY
· Traci des Jardins, Jardiniere San Francisco, CA
· Gavin Kaysen, Bocuse d’Or USA Competitor, ‘07 NY, NY
· David Myers, Sona Los Angeles, CA
· Patrick O’Connell, Inn at Little Washington Washington, VA
· Georges Perrier, Le Bec Fin Philadelphia, PA
· Alain Sailhac, French Culinary Institute NY, NY
· Andre Soltner, French Culinary Institute NY, NY
· Laurent Tourondel, BLT Restaurants NY, NY
· Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Jean-Georges NY, NY
Technical Kitchen Judge: Roland Henin, Bocuse d’Or USA Coach Yosemite, CA
Master of Ceremonies: Special Guests To Be Announced

· Bocuse d'Or Update: USA Semi-Finalists Announced! [~E~]
· Eater EXCLUSIVE BLOCKBUSTER: New Bocuse d'Or Details Revealed [~E~]

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