CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Bocuse d'Or Team USU, headed by The Greenbrier's Executive Chef Richard Rosendale placed seventh place out of 24 countries competing last week in the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France. Rosendale and his assistant Corey Siegel trained for a year for the culinary competition, considered the Olympics of the culinary world.
Each team had almost six hours to prepare an exquisite meat dish featuring Irish beef tenderloin and fish dish containing European blue lobster and turbot. France, Denmark and Japan took gold, silver and bronze honors.
Rosendale developed his creations with an eye toward Appalachian influences. For the fish entrée, he poached and glazed the turbot with au jus and used cider-poached butternut squash, lobster mousse with cider, Virginia ham, black truffles and wild mushrooms. His beef dish was a twist on pot roast with asparagus, potato dumplings infused with beef broth and roasted carrots.
Team USA's best finish in the Bocuse d'Or finish was sixth place in 2011.
Cast Iron Cook-Off results
The Cast Iron Cook-Off, a culinary event that pairs teams led by chefs from all over the region who create dishes that best represent Appalachia was held Saturday at The Greenbrier.
This year organizers added a new category, as they did last year with a Throw Down that pitted the three top winners from the previous year's competition in a timed event and presentation. This year's Throw Down winning team was from Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington led by chef Isabel Cross.
The event introduced teams from neighboring states into the competition. Charleston native William Dissen, chef at The Marketplace Restaurant in Asheville, N.C., won the competition over chefs from West Virginia, North Carolina and Virginia.
The Cast Iron Cook-Off Winners:
Overall Champion: Pierpont Culinary in Fairmont
Best Menu: Pierpont Culinary in Fairmont
Best Single Course: Greenbrier Golf Classic in White Sulphur Springs
Best Use of Cast Iron: Tie between The Bank Food and Drink in Pearisburg, Va., and Panorama at the Peak in Berkeley Springs
Table Presentation: Diogis in Fayetteville
Best Teamwork: Diogis in Fayetteville
Whistle while you work: Panorama at the Peak in Berkeley Springs