Alain Ducasse, the celebrated French chef, has discovered throughout the country, an excellence in food products that has inspired and reshaped his vision of Haute Cuisine. Whether it be in the cold Atlantic waters off the northern coast of Maine or the crimson-colored Arizona mountains, Alain Ducasse has found fishermen, ranchers and farmers across the nation whose products rank among the world's finest food. Harvesting Excellence celebrates the men and women who devote themselves to the artistry of creating first-rate food products. Here is the ultimate gourmet tour of what lies at the heart of all great cooking - great ingredients. And as a final touch, top chefs from all over the country give tips on selecting and preparing the best products for traditional or creative cooking.