The Secchia Institute for Culinary Education at Grand Rapids Community College in Grand Rapids (Michigan) will be the scene of this qualifier, where finalists will be evaluated by a jury composed of members of previous US Pastry Team. Those interested have time to submit their application before December 27 to participate in any of these three categories:
- Sugar centerpiece and Chocolate entremets
- Chocolate centerpiece and Plated dessert
- Ice carving and ice cream dessert (entremets glace), plus entremets chocolate
The USA is one of four countries that have a wild card to compete in the grand final of the Coupe, which in recent months has announced many changes.