BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Local chefs are in the battle for a chance to bring their talent to the Cannes Film Festival. This fourth annual event takes place at the Louisiana Culinary Institute and takes place over several weeks.
Every Friday another round of student chefs attempt to show of their best work for a chance of being part of The American Pavilion culinary team at Cannes. The festival is held in Cannes, France on May 9-25.
The American Pavilion provides up to 1,000 meals per day and caters all of The American Pavilion’s cocktail receptions, press luncheons, parties, and special events. Prior to the Cannes Film Festival, students will enjoy a three-day orientation that includes visits to markets and vineyards, and meals with famed chefs, such as Roger Verge of the Moulin de Mougins.
The Race to Cannes competition is structured as a bracket-style tournament, where students are assigned a seed number. This seed number is used for student placement on the bracket, ultimately determining the match up in the head-to-head competitions. In each round of the competition, students have presented a different pre-determined protein, starch and vegetable to the judges. The winner of each round will advance in the competition, while the loser will be eliminated.
LCI will provide the winning student with round-trip airfare to France and The American Pavilion’s program fee, which includes housing, breakfast, official Cannes Film Festival accreditation and pre-festival programming.
Click here  to see a photo gallery of images from the competition so far.
LCI will only be using local Louisiana ingredients from either the Red Stick Farmer’s Market or other local vendors for this competition.