"Appetizers" is rooting right now for Timothy Hollingsworth, a chef with Placerville roots who is representing the United States in the Bocuse d'Or. This is the mother-of-all international cooking competitions, held every two years in Lyon, France and founded by Paul Bocuse (a.k.a. "the father of modern French cooking"). The first day of this two-day competition kicked off today, and Hollingsworth and his team are hoping to become the first Americans to win the Bocuse d'Or.
Hollingsworth, a 28-year-old chef at the French Laundry in Yountville, has spent the last three months on sabbatical and preparing for the competition in a training kitchen. He's required to prepare eight dishes for a panel of 24 international judges, and yes, this is one pressure cooker of a contest.
For more on Hollingsworth and the Bocuse d'Or, check this story from the Los Angeles Times.
The New York Times is also blogging from the Bocuse d'Or.