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It's the Olympics of cooking.  The Bocuse D' or takes place on Jan. 29 and representing the United States is Chef Rich Rosendale from The Greenbrier Resort.

Saturday he and his assistant Corey Siegel are were their way to the competition, but Friday, 59 news caught up with them in their last hours here in the states.

Chef Rosendale said, "I take my kids to the bus stop in the morning and I work out and then I come here. I have my job at The Greenbrier and I also now have the opportunity to be the candidate for the Bocuse D' or so that makes for a very busy schedule."

Chef Rosendale has been living that busy schedule for the past year.   But now, the heat is on.
 In the competition's 20 years of history, an American has never placed higher than 6th place.

He said, "There's a lot of pressure on us. People are expecting us to kind of break through and so do we but there's no question it is going to be incredibly rewarding to kind of get through this incredible journey but we're so excited to cook at the competition."

Their strategy... to bring a little home cookin' to the judges in Lyon, France.

Rosendale said, "We're going to prepare some items that are kind of conjured up from our childhood. Things like I used to have growing up like Yankee pot roast and braised meat. Cooking out on BBQ's and those kind of things so we want to kind of take those flavors and bring them up to a really high level of presentation and refined flavor. But it all stems from food we grew up eating as children."

He said, "Getting up early and coming in to work on your day off that's all kind of the hard stuff and the competition is really the pay off, that's the fun part. So I think we will kind of have some nervous energy but I think any of that is going to be overcome by sheer excitement to cook our food for everyone."

He said he could never have done it without the support from Southern West Virginia.

He said, "We really feel like not only are we representing the United States but we're representing America's resort, The Greenbrier, and to compete on a world stage is a huge honor for all of us."

 You can watch them compete live on Jan. 29 by heading to team USA's web site.   That's www.bocusedorusa.org.