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Background Chaine Jeunes Chef competition 2016

When: MARCH 5, 2016
Where: Schenectady County Community College
78 Washington Avenue
Schenectady, NY  12305
Contact: Chef Yono Purnomo via Donna Purnomo

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History and information regarding the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Jeunes Chefs Rôtisseur Competition.(aka Young Chefs) and NEW in 2016  Pastry Competition with no maximum age restriction.

Contact: Chef Yono Purnomo via Donna Purnomo: or cell 518.209.1421

MISSION STATEMENT The purpose of this competition is to encourage and promote the culinary expertise of young Chefs under the age of 27 (Competitors must be born on October 1, 1989 or after with a birthday on October 1, or later of 2016 to be eligible) by exposing them to a competitive environment with their peers. This competition will offer the opportunity for the Jeunes Chef Rôtisseurs to showcase their talents and creativity in a fair, unbiased, and professional forum.

ELIGIBILITY: Any young Chef applying to enter a regional competition must be born on October 1, 1989 or after with a birthday on October 1, or later of 2016 of the calendar year in which they would compete in the International competition (i.e. 2016). The competitor must be either a born citizen of the US, a naturalized citizen, or have a Certificate of Residency allowing him or her to legally work in the US that shows that he/she has been a resident of the US for at least three years prior to September 1 of the year of the competition. Again, the competitor must be sponsored by a Chaîine Bailliage in his/her region. This boils down to:  you cannot be any older than 27 years old on October 1st, 2016. NO AGE RESTRICTION ON PASTRY COMEPTITION.

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.

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 Rôtisseur Competition. This is NOT a stunt mystery basket and I assure you there will be no tooth paste, gummy bears or lemonheads as mystery items as there are on TV. Full pantry available to competitiors.

NEW THIS YEAR: Pastry Competition: No maximum age cut off.

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 or Chef Yono Purnomo to indicate your interest. 

The NORTHEAST REGIONAL COMPETITION is scheduled on SATURDAY, MARCH 5TH at Schenectady County Community College, 78 Washington Avenue, Schenectady NY.

For more information, please contact Chef Yono Purnomo via Donna J Purnomo at Indicate YOUNG CHEF COMPETITION in the email subject. Cell 518.209.1421

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