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Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival Announces Partnership

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PBFW 2015 Lyon MentOr PicmonkeyTeam USA Coach Gavin Kaysen, Chef Skylar Stover, Chef Philip Tessier, David A. Bernahl II, Thomas Keller, Daniel Bouloud, Jérôme Bocuse and Executive Director Young Yun at the 2015 Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France. photo: BKB FoundationTASTE News Service March 6, 2015 - Pebble Beach Food & Wine,  now in its 8th year, brings some of the world’s most revered culinary talent to the Monterey Peninsula. This year’s edition, held April 9-12, will feature more than 100 celebrity chefs and 250 wineries, who will come together to showcase a weekend of dinners and chef collaborations, tastings and cooking demonstrations.

Coastal Luxury Management, organizer of the annual festival, has announced the inaugural partnership with the ment’or BKB Foundation (formerly Bocuse d’Or Foundation), founded in 2008 by Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud and Jérôme Bocuse. The organization is devoted to inspiring culinary excellence in young professionals and preserving the traditions and quality of cuisine. Among ment’or’s many unique initiatives is the organization’s responsibility for selecting, training, and sending Team USA to compete in Bocuse d’Or, the biennial event in Lyon, France that took place January 27-28, 2015.  Team USA made history by placing second and receiving the Bocuse d’Argent award for the first time ever.  Considered one of the most rigorous culinary competitions in the world, 24 countries competed on the world stage during this year’s Bocuse d’Or competition.

“Team USA’s podium placement at the 2015 Bocuse d’Or competition is an extraordinary example of where the United States stands in a global conversation about cuisine and culture,” said Chef Thomas Keller, president of ment’or. “We’re looking forward to continue representing the great strides that American chefs are making at this years’ Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival.”

“Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival is continuously striving to bring attention to the level of excellence in our culinary community,” commented David Bernahl of Coastal Luxury Management. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to raise much needed funds for this great culinary program on the heels of our first ever win with Team USA!”

"It's an honor to be selected to participate in the 8th annual Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival," said, Young Yun, Executive Director of ment’or.  "We are always looking for different ways to introduce our Foundation to a wider audience and this unique partnership allows us to showcase our mission for inspiring culinary excellence and promoting the high caliber of cuisine and talent we have in America."

At Pebble Beach Food & Wine, ment’or will present Team USA for an evening of intimate dinners and culinary demonstrations as inspired by the prestigious biennial competition. Team USA’s Chef Philip Tessier of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group and his Commis Skylar Stover of The French Laundry in Yountville, CA will design a menu inspired by the “Culinary Olympics” at The Imperial Dinner, the pinnacle of the four-day festival, curating a menu that will highlight what helped the Team win the silver prize at the Bocuse d’Or competition. 

Other Pebble Beach Food & Wine event highlights include “An Evening at Maude” as celebrated chef and culinary personality Curtis Stone transports the flavors, aromas, and essence of his first-ever Los Angeles restaurant to Pebble Beach; join Master Sommeliers and winemakers for unprecedented wine tastings with Chateau Margaux, Domaine Faiveley, Kosta Browne, and Penfolds Grange.  Meat purists will enjoy a whole-animal “Meatopia” marquee event co-produced by Esquire Magazine’s Josh Ozersky while others will get ready for cooking demonstrations with the likes of Iron Chef Jose Garces, Dana Cowin, or Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto as he pays homage to the quintessential comfort food--Ramen 101. Additionally, the Lexus Grand Tasting, an annual favorite, will host one of the greatest lineups of wine and culinary talent since its inception in 2008.

Further information about details of Pebble Beach Food & Wine can be accessed at http://www.pbfw.com/.

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