2011 Bocuse d'Or Finalists Announced This Afternoon

The organizers of the Bocuse d'Or, otherwise known throughout the dining world as the culinary Olympics, announced the 12 semi-finalists for the 2011 U.S. team earlier this afternoon at Daniel. Each semi-finalist, avec sous chef, will compete against one another in February at the Culinary Institute of America's Hyde Park campus for the chance represent the U.S. at the competition, which will take place in Lyon. The list of lucky dozen follows after the jump.

Luke Bergman, New York, the Modern Danny Circada, North Carolina Kevin Gillespie, Atlanta (best known as Top Chef's great bearded hope) James Kent, New York, Eleven Madison Park Michael Klauss, Vermont Mark Lieberman, Florida Christopher Parson, Winchester, Mass. Jennifer Petrusky, Chicago John Rella, New York Jeremy Thomzac, New York, instructor at the French Culinary Institute Percey Watley, California Andrew Weiss, Las Vegas


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