Knives at Dawn: America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Bocuse d'Or, the World's Most Prestigious Cooking Competition by Andrew Friedman. Paperback edition.
Every two years, chefs from around the world gather to compete in the Bocuse d'Or, a grueling cooking competition that gives participants just five and a half hours to prepare a full menu of elaborate fish and meat dishes (with their own choice of supporting ingredients). As the 2009 contest drew near, restaurateurs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller were determined the U.S. would send a team that could finally bring back a medal; Friedman follows the quest through the selection of two cooks from Keller's French Laundry and stays with them until the final showdown. Follow Chefs from around the country including Richard Rosendale as they endure the rigorous tryouts of the U.S. including the drama of the final showdown in Lyon.