Robb Report Culinary Masters
Robb Report and the ment’or BKB Foundation have revealed an impressive master-chef lineup for the annual Robb Report Culinary Masters, an extraordinary two-night culinary and golf getaway with proceeds benefiting ment’or. Headlined by ment’or founders and culinary icons Thomas Keller and Jérôme Bocuse, and William Bradley—four-time James Beard Award nominee and the executive chef of Southern California’s only Five-Star and Five Diamond restaurant, Addison—this year’s Culinary Masters will take place September 22–24 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar golf resort and spa in San Diego.
One of just a few signature Robb Report events that are open to the public, Culinary Masters offers guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend a weekend with a collective of the world’s most acclaimed names in cuisine, while enjoying exquisite dining and best-in-class golf. This year proves no different, with Keller, Bocuse, and Bradley headlining a roster of some of the most talented chefs in the world, including two recently announced James Beard Award winners: Dominique Crenn, winner of the Foundation’s Best Chef West and the current chef-owner of the Michelin two-star Atelier Crenn in San Francisco; and Gavin Kaysen, winner of Best Chef Midwest and the current chef-owner of Bellecour and Spoon and Stable in Minneapolis. Kaysen’s Bellecour was further named among Robb Report‘s 2018 Best of the Best, receiving the coveted accolade as one of 10 best new restaurants in the country.
Chef Paul Bartolotta, two-time James Beard Award winner and a co-owner of the Bartolotta Restaurants; Josiah Citrin, two-Michelin-star chef and owner of Charcoal Venice; and Ming Tsai, James Beard Award-winning chef-owner of Blue Dragon in Boston and the Emmy Award-winning host of PBS’s Simply Ming, round out the inimitable roster confirmed for the 2018 Culinary Masters.
The Culinary Masters weekend kicks off Saturday, September 22, with an unforgettable multicourse dining experience where all eight culinary masterminds will contribute their signature flair and award-winning cuisine for the ultimate one-night-only Gala Dinner at the Five-Star and Five Diamond Addison restaurant. The evening’s courses will be perfectly paired with world-class wines, and a live and silent auction will follow, with proceeds benefiting the not-for-profit ment’or BKB Foundation—founded by Thomas Keller, Jérôme Bocuse, and Daniel Boulud—which works to inspire culinary excellence in young professionals and preserve the traditions and quality of cuisine in the United States. Last year’s Culinary Masters auction generated an impressive $200,000, which was used to provide fully paid internships to young cooks and facilitate the selection and training of the most promising young chefs to make up the Bocuse d’Or Team USA. Team USA looks to reclaim the gold medal in January after their history-making performance in 2017, when for the first time ever, Team USA took top prize.
The following day—Sunday, September 23—chefs and guests will take to the stunning Tom Fazio–designed golf course at the Grand Del Mar’s Grand Golf Club for a friendly tournament. Those who prefer to cook rather than chip can partake in a hands-on cooking class with master chef Paul Bartolotta and Urbani Truffles. A casual dinner will round out the day’s festivities, with an awards ceremony celebrating the golfers’ accomplishments of earlier that afternoon.
For up-to-the-minute updates on programming, and to reserve your seat, please visit RR1.com/event/culinary. Follow @robbreport on Instagram and experience Culinary Masters with the hashtag #RobbMasterChefs.