Knives at Dawn

Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d'Or Competition Knives at Dawn: America’s Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d’Or Competition by Andrew Friedman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a seriously in depth look at the Bocuse D’Or competition, and more specifically, why the USA has never done well there. It focuses on the most recent competition in 2009, and follows the US competitors from qualifying and all the way through the contest itself. The level of access to the chefs and the supporting crew is really unprecedented, and Friedman takes full advantage in describing the thinking that went into creating the elaborate dishes required for this amazing contest. Good stuff, a must for Top Chef fans (Season 3 winner Hung Huynh makes an appearance).