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An exciting chefs-as-athletes story following the 2009 U.S. team's attempt for the gold at the "Olympics of food"—the Bocuse d'Or, the world's most prestigious cooking competition.

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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 protégés 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.

"Runnette ideally captures the impeccable French accent required.... Most notably, he imparts the competition's mounting suspense as the aspiring chefs, their vainglorious mentors, and struggling protégés strive for the prized honor." ---AudioFile

"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

"It's great fly-on-the-wall reporting.... Even those who don't care about the intricate details of a nine-course meal could learn something about entrepreneurship and project management from this story." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

"Knives at Dawn isn't just a book about cooking; it's a book about the pursuit of excellence. Friedman has crafted a page turner that will make you think about food, and the creative process, in a different way." ---Dallas Morning News
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Knives at Dawn

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

Author Andrew Friedman

Narrated by Sean Runnette

Publication date Jan 2, 2010

Running time 12 hrs

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