With Timothy Hollingsworth's strong, but ultimately unsatisfying sixth place finish at the 2009 Bocuse d'Or, the Bocuse d'Or USA organization was primed and optimistic for more in 2011. Hollingsworth had indeed tied the best ever finish for the United States with only about four months of real preparation (read Andrew Friedman's compelling book Knives at Dawn for the whole story). The energy coming off that finish was palpable. With more time and more money to prepare, it was indeed conceivable that the United States could improve and maybe even (why not?) make it onto the podium. With increased sponsorship from companies like All-Clad amongst others, the American effort did indeed have more money to work with and now with two years to plan, more time.