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Loudoun County chef advises Team USA to historic win in international culinary competition

Chef Rich Rosendale of Leesburg consulted with Team USA for their win at the Bocuse d’Or culinary competition. Facebook/Rich Rosendale
The owner of Roots 657 in Lucketts, Rich Rosendale, is one of the master chefs behind the winning team who scooped gold for the USA in the prestigious Bocuse d'Or culinary competition in France.

Rosendale is a past participant in the competition. This year, he was one of four advisers to Head Chef Matthew Peters and Commis Harrison Turone, the men who have made history by becoming the first U.S. Team to win gold in the competition. They competed in Lyon, France on Jan. 25 and presented the judging panel with an interpretation of chicken and crayfish, and a wholly vegetal dish made from fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes.

The Bocuse d'Or is cited as one of the most demanding cooking challenges in the world. Every two years, 60 countries select one of their best chefs to represent their nation.

Team USA is recruited, trained and funded by the Ment'or Foundation, a nonprofit organization that aims to inspire excellence in young culinary professionals while preserving the traditions and quality of classic cuisine in America.

Rosendale is part of the Foundation's Culinary Council, which is made up of more than 40 renowned chefs nationwide who act as mentors or serve in an advisory capacity.

“This is a historic moment in American Cuisine,” Rosendale said. “The general public may not know about the competition, but it is a reflection of how the nation's food has evolved. It's wonderful to play a role in such a milestone in American cooking. Another impact is what it has on young chefs that want to be the next person to stand on the podium. We all need goals and we need to be inspired by events like this that shows anything is possible, I love that.”

Formely of The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Rosendale recently opened Roots 657 located in Lucketts at the intersection of Routes 657 and 15. The cafe and locally-inspired market offer Rosendale's regionally curated products, house-made soups, salads, sandwiches and fresh-baked goods.


I’ll follow up on some previous comments about Leesburg.  I think Leesburg would do well to focus on becoming a culinary destination and now we have a world-class champion in our midst.

C’est manifique!

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