The Bocuse d’Or qualifiers are part of an extravagant, four-day food lovers’ weekend in Vegas this December.

By Melissa Locker
Updated: January 21, 2017
The Venetian Las Vegas

Head to Las Vegas from December 17-20 to watch the qualifying rounds of the Bocuse D’Or, the international Olympics of food, when talented, knife-wielding chefs will battle it out for a spot on Team USA’s 2017 team. The U.S. team took the silver at this year’s competition, so the stakes are high. Those who make the cut will train alongside chefs like Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, and Gavin Kaysen—a highly coveted opportunity. (Take a look at Team USA’s winning meat and fish dishes from this year’s Bocuse D’or finals to see the skill required to make it in the competition.)

Food lovers can watch all of the Sin City action during Ultimo, A Weekend of Excellence, an annual, four-day event that transforms the Venetian hotel into a culinary mecca. In addition to the Bocuse D’or trials, the schedule includes incredible feasts and extraordinary culinary experiences from some of the best and most celebrated chefs and winemakers in the world.

This year’s Ultimo takes its inspiration from the four elements. Chefs Jerome Bocuse and Traci Des Jardins have prepared a once-in-a-lifetime meal inspired by the earth that will feature wild game and truffles. The French Laundry’s Thomas Keller will take to the air with a grand banquet kicked off with a Champagne and caviar reception. Fire will come in the form of a pig roast at Doge’s Palace inside the hotel, and to celebrate the element of water, guests will step aboard the Venetian’s gondolas for a floating seafood extravaganza, complete with Prosecco served by the gondoliers, on the Grand Canal. Tickets for each event can be purchased separately.

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