At a Bocuse d'Or fundraiser hosted by Eleven Madison Park last night, chefs Daniel Humm, Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, Jerome Bocuse, and the restaurant's own U.S. hopeful for the international cooking competition—James Kent—prepared an elaborate tasting menu for guests who paid $500 to attend. (The event sold out thanks to the priceless collaboration.) In the video above, Keller tells us why he's so hell-bent on the cause and why James Kent and his 22-year-old commis (right hand) Tom Allan are striving to bring "l'esprit d'Americain" to France this January.
The fun continues tomorrow, when Kent and Allan present their platters—proteins were revealed to be monkfish, crab, langoustine and lamb—to Culinary Council members including boss Humm, Mario Batali, Jean Georges and other peerless chefs. No pressure. [The Feast]