From the web site:
"USA, Rules & guidelines
Selection Process for the 2008-2009 USA National Selections :
The contestants have the assignment to make a large chocolate showpiece, a chocolate pastry and 2 different pralines. During the contest they also receive a "Mystery Box" with specific instructions to create another small chocolate showpiece. A professional jury will judge all creations on their presentation, taste and technical application. This will take place over a two day period but it is subject to be shortened to one day. The time period will soon be determined.
Competition Theme :
Each contestant must express the competition theme in the showpiece in his own manner. For the 2008-2009 national selections, the theme is "Haute Couture." It will of course be a real challenge to express this in an original and clear way!"
Sunday, November 9th, 2008
Competition: French Culinary Institute at 462 Broadway, New York NY from 6:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Award Ceremony: The Chocolate Show at 5:00 p.m. at Pier 94 (12th Avenue & 55th Street &)