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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (234 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Andrew Friedman Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Bocuse d’Or is the real-life Top Chef, a biannual cooking competition in France featuring teams from twenty-four countries vying for the top honors. Named after Paul Bocuse, one of the greatest, most influential living chefs, the Bocuse d’Or has become the most sophisticated and closely watched cook-off in the world. Ironically, though American cuisine now rates among the best in the world, a US team has never placed among the top three in the competition. In 2008, under the auspices of renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, the two-person US team of Timothy Hollingsworth and Adina Guest trained in a specially outfitted facility in preparation for the 2009 competition with the goal of a best-ever showing for the United States.

With unparalleled behind-the-scenes access, Andrew Friedman follows the American contestants and other hopefuls as they spend months training to cook and serve their dishes just once, over the course of five and a half tense hours, in an arena filled with a thousand screaming spectators. Along the way, he paints intimate portraits of Boulud and Keller, two of the leading culinary figures of their generation, revealing their hopes and aspirations for their protégés as well as for American cuisine. Through this compelling sports-meets-cooking story, Friedman explores the clash of culinary titans and cultures in a real-world kitchen stadium and ratchets up the suspense of who will reign supreme.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by R | 2/18/2014

    " Detailed account of the Bocuse d'Or Culinary competition. Learned a great deal about completing at this level, and after reading this book, know that I would never be interested (even if capable)of pursuing this as a goal. I'm delighted to occasionally produce a great recipe or two, but the food created at the Bocuse d'Or is more objects d'art than something to eat. However, I can admire the skill it takes to get to this level of cooking. TEAM USA has never one a medal since the beginning of the competition in 1987. Did they finally appear on the podium for 2009? I'll leave you dangling on that one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Turi | 2/14/2014

    " A very interesting glimpse into the world of international cooking contests, Knives at Dawn tracks the U.S. entrants in the 2009 Bocuse d'Or competition. Captivating story, but it was muted by some of the author's writing - the descriptions of the contestants and coaches felt condescending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Helen Dunn | 2/11/2014

    " Awesome book if you like Cooking enough to understand all of the technical terms and to understand who all the big name chefs are. If you understand the playing field it's really enjoyable. be sure to check out the Bocuse d'Or website to see photos of the platters to help you appreciate the techniques and presentation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by boyoung | 1/26/2014

    " More of an ode to the pursuit of excellence than a foodie account of the most prestigious culinary competition in the world (it's too precise and scientific to be the latter), knives at dawn is interesting, if not exactly what I expected. I would've appreciated the book more had I already had a deep understanding of culinary competitions before this read. Admirable in content and writing, nonetheless. "

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