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Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition


Congratulations to Lyn Wells, our 2016 winner of the best Jeunes Chefs Competition. Congratulations also to second place finisher Kevin Maier of the Southeast Region and in third place, Ian Sagayaga of the Hawaii/Pacific Islands Region. We also want to congratulate all of the young chefs that competed this year.

Maître Rôtisseur Susan Notter won our first ever National Pastry Competition. Congratulations to Susan and all the other chefs that participated in this competition.

Each competitor is given an identical mystery "market basket" containing a few key ingredients, and is to design and prepare a three-course meal to serve four people using those ingredients—all in four hours’ time! Such is the challenge given young cooks competing in the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition.

The first competition was organized in 1977 in Switzerland to support and promote future young chefs by giving them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills. Competitions are held at regional, national and international levels in countries around the world that have a strong Chaîne presence. The competition was started in 1990 in the United States and continues to grow every year. It has been featured on the TV Food Network and CNN.  Our winner in the United States in 2011, Reilly Mehan, went on to win the International Young Chef Competition put on by the Confrérie de la Chaîne des Rôtisseurs.  His culinary career and life have been changed forever as a result of this competition and his experience.

In the USA, competition begins at the regional level. Proprietors, managers, chefs and culinary instructors at Chaîne affiliated restaurants, hotels, culinary schools and Chaîne members within each of the ten regions of the Bailliage des Etats-Unis can propose candidates, who complete and submit application forms to a Regional Coordinator, the Conseiller Culinaire Provincial. Contestants are then selected from the group of applicants.

If you are interested in competing (and meet the eligibility requirements), contact the Bailli or an officer of the Chaîne Bailliage in your community or our National Office to indicate your interest. 

More information is available:

Click to download the 2017 Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Manual
Click to download the 2017 List of Regional Competitions
Click to download the 2017 Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Application
Click to download the 2017 Pastry Competition Manual and Application
Click to download the Recommended Par Stock List

Click here to download Registration Materials for the 2017 National Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseurs Competition taking place in Washington, D.C. May 4-7, 2017.

Past Winners of the United States Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseur Competition

2016 Lyn Wells    
2015 Matthew Phillips    
Geoffrey Lanez    
2013 Daniel Scott Gorman    
2012 Ryan Manaut    
2011 Reilly Meehan    
2010 Jason Curtis    
2009 Varin Keokitvon    
2008 Keriann von Raesfeld    
2007 Adam Smith    
2006 Bruce Shuman    
2005 Matt Weber    
2004 Brian Hubner    
2003 Steven Roginski    
2002 Scott Megargle    
2001 Steyn Van Wyk    
2000 Wes Hamilton    
1999 Brian Bernstein    
1998 Brian Gammon    
1997 Paul Jensen, II    
1996 David Mack    
1995 Gus Brett    
1992 James Cornwell, IV    





The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs is proud to recognize Chef's Hat, Inc. as the official apparel for the 2015 Jeunes Chefs National Finals.

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