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In January 2013 the very best chefs from twenty-four countries will convene in Lyon, France for the most demanding culinary competition in the world.

For many of the chefs, if not all of them, these will be the most important forty eight hours of their lives.  Years of preparation and months of focused practice will come down to two days of intense competition and will end with the presentation of The Bocuse d’Or.

One of the twenty-four will hold the golden trophy high in triumph and become a superstar, others will experience the realization of a dream fulfilled; a few will wish for what might have been.

For all, it will be profound, and will literally change their lives.

Alex Chen is about to discover how much…