Timothy Hollingsworth

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Timothy Hollingsworth (born, January 30, 1980) is an American chef and former Chef de Cuisine at Thomas Keller’s restaurant French Laundry in the Napa Valley.[1] Hollingsworth represented the United States at the Bocuse d'Or world final in 2009,[2][3][4][5][6][7] after winning the Bocuse d'Or USA semi-finals, held at Epcot in September 2008.[8][9][10]


Hollingsworth never attended culinary school. Instead, he worked his way from the position of dishwasher over the course of seven years.[10] He also completed apprenticeships in France, Germany and England.[2][3][6]

Bocuse d'Or[edit]

Hollingsworth initially declined to compete when first approached by French Laundry chef de cuisine Corey Lee, and later described how he came to accept the challenge.[6]

In preparation for the January 2009 Bocuse d'Or, Hollingsworth's training, 40 to 50 hours a week,[10] began on November 1, aided by numerous chefs including Thomas Keller, Corey Lee, Roland Henin, the sous-vide expert Bruno Goussault, Daniel Boulud and the U.S. candidate of Bocuse d'Or 2007 Gavin Kaysen.[4] The training facilities, in a replica of the Lyon kitchen cubicle, was transformed from the old house of Keller's father is located next door to the French Laundry.[10][5] Ultimately Hollingsworth placed sixth.[7]


  1. ^ Sophie Brickman (September 12, 2010). "How French Laundry's chefs reach for the stars". San Francisco Chronicle. 
  2. ^ a b sirha.com Bocuse d'Or Candidates' Portraits PDF (670 KB)
  3. ^ a b Cowin, Diana, Food & Wine (February 2009). Competing at the Bocuse d’Or: Team USA’s Unbeatable Recipes
  4. ^ a b Vallis, Alexandra, New York Magazine: Grub Street (November 6, 2008). Chef Timothy Hollingsworth Wants to Bring American Pressure to the Bocuse d’Or
  5. ^ a b Abend, Lisa, Time (January 25, 2009). An American Underdog Dreams of Kitchen Gold
  6. ^ a b c d Hallock, Betty, Los Angeles Times (January 26, 2009). American chef preps for cooking fame at France's Bocuse d'Or
  7. ^ a b Sciolino, Elaine, The New York Times: Diner's Journal (January 28, 2009). The American Chef Comes in Sixth
  8. ^ Reuters.com (September 28, 2008). Bocuse d'Or USA Announces Winner
  9. ^ Wells, Pete, The New York Times (September 28, 2008). French Laundry Sous Chef Will Represent U.S. in Bocuse d’Or
  10. ^ a b c d Sciolino, Elaine, The New York Times (January 26, 2009). High Hopes for American Team in Bocuse d’Or Cooking Competition