The American Bocuse D'or team, which won the silver in Lyon, France last week — the best a U.S. team has ever finished — took a well deserved victory lap around town over the past couple of days. The team, which was comprised of Thomas Keller and a couple of his French Laundry chefs, Philip Tessier and Skylar Stover, plus Daniel Boulud and one of his proteges, Gavin Kaysen, made visits to many of the city's finest kitchens, wielding their trophy and posing for photos with all their chef pals.
Bouchon had a special toque cake made for the occasion:
Boulud helped lead the team, so of course there were a couple of Boulud stops.
The kitchen at Cafe Boulud is familiar territory for Bocuse team member Gavin Kaysen — he was the executive chef there (and of the Boulud empire) before he headed out to Minnesota to open Spoon and Stable.
A stop at Daniel.
And DB Bistro Moderne.
The money shot at Gramercy Tavern.
Tom Colicchio played host, too.
And Eleven Madison Park.
The silver statue took a trip downtown to Dominique Ansel.
Kate Krader had fun pretending she won the trophy.
And that shiny statue makes a nice change for the Yahoo logo.