The Contender

In the winter of 2012, Certified Master Chef Rich Rosendale and Corey Siegel earned the opportunity to represent the United States in the prestigious cooking competition known as the Bocuse d'Or. Held every two years in Lyon, France, the Bocuse d'Or represents the pinnacle of competition cooking. With the United States determined to make the podium for the first time ever, Rich and Corey embark on an intense one-year training regimen that includes the construction of a secret test kitchen inside of a decommissioned cold war bunker. Together with some of America's greatest chefs, they will vie for culinary glory at the Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France.

  • Josh Baldwin
    Director
  • Josh Baldwin
    Producer
  • Mary Baldwin
    Producer
  • Mark Trent
    Producer
  • Rich Rosendale
    Key Cast
  • Corey Siegel
    Key Cast
  • Gavin Kaysen
    Key Cast
  • Grant Achatz
    Key Cast
  • Peter Timmins
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 29, 2015
  • Production Budget:
    40,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Josh Baldwin

Josh received degrees from Marshall University and University of North Carolina-Wilmington before starting a media and publishing company at the age of 26. Since then, he has worked with national and international companies to help tell their stories. He produced and directed the documentary The Contender, filmed in France and the U.S. He is also the founder of the Lewisburg Literary Festival as well as TEDx Lewisburg. He has received numerous awards for his work, including WV Executive's "Young Guns" and The State Journal's "40 under 40." He serves on Lewisburg City Council and plays guitar in a rock band once the sun goes down.

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