Chef Richard Rosendale and his dream team of mentors -- including Chicago-based Alinea/Next chef
Rosendale's showing marked an improvement over Team USA's 10th place finish in 2011 but fell short of the sixth place finishes achieved by American chefs in 2009 and 2003.
France, led by chef Thibaut Ruggeri, won this year's competition, the country’s seventh victory in 14 tournaments since its 1987 inception.
Rosendale, a competitive-cooking veteran and executive chef of The
Rosendale's meat course, which called for Irish beef, was "Hickory Grilled Beef Filet with Asparagus and Horseradish; Fried Hollandaise; Beef Oxtail 'Yankee Pot Roast' with Spiced Red Wine Sauce; Potato Dumplings, Bone Marrow and Thyme Infused Beef Broth with Crispy Beef Filet; Slowly Roasted Carrots."
In a statement, Keller, president of the Bocuse d'Or USA Foundation, said, "We're proud of the team's performance. We increased three positions from the competition in 2011, so we are moving in the right direction. Congratulations to France, Denmark, and Japan for their strong showing today."