Knives at Dawn

America's Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse d'Or Competition

By Andrew Friedman; Sean Runnette (Read by)
(Tantor Media Inc, MP3 CD, 9781400165094)

Publication Date: December 2009

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Description
The Bocuse d'Or is the real-life "Top Chef," a biannual cooking competition in France featuring teams from twenty-four countries vying for the top honors. Named after Paul Bocuse, one of the greatest, most influential living chefs, the Bocuse d'Or has become the most sophisticated and closely watched cook-off in the world. Ironically, though American cuisine now rates among the best in the world, a U.S. team has never placed among the top three in the competition. In 2008, under the auspices of renowned chefs Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller, the two-person U.S. team of Timothy Hollingsworth and Adina Guest trained in a specially outfitted facility in preparation for the 2009 competition with the goal of a best-ever showing for the United States.
With unparalleled behind-the-scenes access, Andrew Friedman follows the American contestants and other hopefuls as they spend months training to cook and serve their dishes just once, over the course of five and a half tense hours, in an arena filled with a thousand screaming spectators. Along the way, he paints intimate portraits of Boulud and Keller, two of the leading culinary figures of their generation, revealing their hopes and aspirations for their proteges as well as for American cuisine. Through this compelling sports-meets-cooking story, Friedman explores the clash of culinary titans and cultures in a real-world kitchen stadium and ratchets up the suspense of who will reign supreme.



About the Author
Michael Jan Friedman is the author of nearly sixty books of fiction and nonfiction, more than half of which bear the name "Star Trek" or some variation thereof. Ten of his titles have appeared on the "New York Times" bestseller list. He has also written for network and cable television, radio, and comic books, the "Star Trek: Voyager?" episode "Resistance" prominent among his credits. On those rare occasions when he visits the real world, Friedman lives on Long Island with his wife and two sons.

He continues to advise readers that no matter how many Friedmans they know, the vast probability is that none of them are related to him.



Sean Runnette, an Earphones Award winning narrator, has also directed and produced more than two hundred audiobooks, including several AudieAward winners.He is a member of the American Repertory Theater company and has toured the United States and internationally with ART and Mabou Mines.His television and film appearances include Two If by Sea, Cop Land, Sex and the City, Law & Order, the award-winning film "Easter", and numerous commercials.


Praise For Knives at Dawn

"The book is infused with the muscular, meticulous gusto of a sportswriter covering the Olympics. Edge-of-your-seat food writing of the highest caliber." ---Kirkus Starred Review

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