Ment’or, Give back this holiday season!


As 2015 comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to share our accomplishments with you, and to extend our heartfelt thanks for being an essential part of our success.

In January, Team USA brought home a Silver Medal win at the 2015 Bocuse d’Or competition in Lyon, France, our first time on the podium in 27 years! Led by Chef Philip Tessier and Commis Skylar Stover of The French Laundry, American cuisine finally proved that it deserves recognition as the extraordinary gastronomic experience that it is.

Our aspiring chefs also made a lasting impression later in the year when they participated in our Young Chefs Competition Series. In four US cities, our young chefs amazed our judges with delectable dishes that showcased an extraordinary array of technical skills, creativity, and flavors.

Finally, we wish to acknowledge the success of our 2015 Grant Program interns, each of whom impressively burnished their skills while working in top restaurants under the tutelage of renowned culinary masters. Our young chefs displayed a vast amount of talent, passion, and commitment to American cuisine.

Cuisine is about giving, as well as paying it forward. Together with our Culinary Council, we founded ment’or so that we could give young chefs the tools they need to succeed at their craft, and so that they, in turn could share the gift of sustenance—great food—with others. And we know that they will take their culinary knowledge and impart it to their colleagues in kitchens throughout the world.

In this season of gift-giving, we hope that you too will be inspired to offer a gift to ment’orso that we can keep funding the educational opportunities we provide to our aspiring gastronomic talent. With your support, in 2016 ment’or will continue to offer educational grants and internships for chefs and sommeliers through its Grants Program; identify rising talent through its Young Chef Competition Series; and recruit, train and financially support Team USA for the 2017 Bocuse d’Or Competition.

At ment’or, we are committed to ensuring that emerging culinary professionals have all the educational and financial resources they need to set the gold standard in American cuisine—and raise that standard even higher.

To make a donation, please click here. Thank you so much for supporting our work.

With gratitude and best wishes for a joyful holiday season,

P.S. – ment’or is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Remember to offer your gift by or before December 31st to receive credit towards your 2015 IRS returns


Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn D. Hill

Maralyn D. Hill, M.Ed.,  The Epicurean Explorer

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