Announcing the Cassoulet War Judges

Do you have your tickets yet? The Third Annual Cassoulet War will be held in New York City on February 20th, 2017. Click through to learn more, and find tickets at Eventbrite.

We need your help to vote for the People’s Choice Award – which means sampling 20+ different cassoulets!

Proceeds benefit Action Against Hunger, but all the glory goes to the 3 chefs that create the winning cassoulets.

Our Esteemed Judges

Philippe Bertineau, Chef and Ambassador of l’Academie Universelle du Cassouletseen here in his official robes at our Cassoulet War 2014, where he was a competitor. This year he will be on the other side of the table eating cassoulet.

D'Artagnan Cassoulet wars held at Ocabanon Restaurant, NYC

Jean-Louis Dumonet, President of the North American Delegation of the Maîtres Cuisiniers de France (Master Chefs of France) will be one of our judges. And this man has cooked and eaten a lot of cassoulet, so we are proud to have him on the panel.


Alex Guarnaschelli, chef at Butter Restaurant and Food Network star, returns as a judge after winning The People’s Choice award at the 2014 Cassoulet War.

We are honored to have Anne-Claire Legendre, the first female Consul General of France in New York, bringing her gravitas and authority to the occasion.

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Returning to the judge’s table are Sara Moulton, chef and host of Sara’s Weeknight Meals, and Andre Soltner, chef/owner at Lutece, and now with the International Culinary Center, seen here at our 2014 Cassoulet War.

D'Artagnan Cassoulet wars held at Ocabanon Restaurant, NYC

Laurent Tourondel, chef at L’Amico, will join us for the first time to taste 25 cassoulets and choose a winner. Laurent is a native son of France who adopted New York City as his home; as a result his palate is well trained in the traditional as well as the varieties of cassoulet common here in the United States.

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Jean-Pierre Xiradakis, chef at La Tupina, is coming all the way from Bordeaux, France to judge at the Cassoulet War. Jean-Pierre is known as one of the most hospitable chef-restaurateurs in France; his commitment to Sud Ouest traditions make him a formidable expert on cassoulet.


Join our judges for a tasty and fun event on February 20th. We promise that you will be full for days after sampling all the cassoulets. It will be worth it!

And if you can’t make it to New York, join us at home in our cassoulet contest for home cooks. Make cassoulet at home and share photos with us on social media to be included. See the details here.


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