Saturday, September 5, 2015

CT Chef's Challenge 2015 to Benefit the Optimus Foundation

The 5th Annual CT Chefs Challenge to Benefit Optimus Foundation!

5th Annual CT Chefs Challenge
Lincoln Culinary Institute - Shelton Campus 
8 Progress Drive
Shelton, CT 06484

September 18, 2015

On Friday, September 18th  join the Optimus Foundation and Chef Plum for a culinary night to remember at the Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton. Enjoy an evening of food, music and raffles while eight of CT’s top chefs compete for this year’s championship title! This event will benefit the Optimus Foundation.

The event will consist of two rounds of culinary battle, each chef has one hour and a maximum budget of $300 to prepare 10 plates of their signature dish. No ahead of time cooking in this battle of culinary excellence. Each chef is allowed to bring one Sous Chef  as well as utilize Lincoln Culinary students to help them be the champion.

The dishes will be judged on “Taste, Creativity and Presentation”. The top scoring dish will win the championship belt and the $1,000 grand prize! Attendees will also have the chance to choose a “People's Choice”  winner with a purchase of a Tasting Ticket that allows guests to taste each chef's dish at the tasting tables.

The host this year is Chef Plum owner of Plum Luv Foods and Pork Belly Productions. Chef Plum has had multiple appearances on Food Network, ABC, CBS, BET, Jamie Oliver's Food Tube and more. When we say that Plum is one of the best guys around, we’re not exaggerating. Plus, he’s FUNNY, so we can’t wait to see him heckle the chef contestants, the judges, and maybe YOU!

 I am honored to part of such an important event for such an important cause, lets have some fun!” says Chef Plum.

Chef Contestants:

  • Mark Vecchitto – Seehund German Pub: 2014 Winner
  • Adam Bedini – StrEATery
  • Trevor McGrath – YooNeke and Hells Kitchen Season 9
  • Justin Kern – Meeting House Pub
  • Carlos Baez – The Spread
  • Joshua Morosi – A Chef’s Choice
  • Jason Maur – MaurPowerFoodie and Masterchef Season 3
  • Carol Koty – The Waterview and Lockwood Lodge and World Food championship competitor

The Panel of Judges:

  • Chef Derrick Prince of Stanton Social (owned by Chris Santos) who made it as a finalist on Masterchef. He’s also no stranger to the judges chair, having helped decide winners at the recent Bacon and Beer Classic, NY Best Wings Festival, and the NYC Hot Sauce Expo.
  • Judy and Joy who have been featured on The Talk alongside Julie Chen and Sharon Osbourne and so much more. The Wonder Twins have been all over TV, have their own cookbook, their own newspaper column, and even their own radio show. “We are excited to part of this delicious event and we are ready to meet everyone. But … will they be ready for us???” says Judy.
  • Ken Tuccio of Welcome to Connecticut Podcast. Tuccio has interviewed countless people in the food field   so it’s time for him to share some of that food knowledge that he’s absorbed and built up. “I love trying   new food and learning about new food, I am excited to participate in this event and plan to judge my    ass off.” says Ken.

More to be announced soon!

Ticket prices and options:

General Admission $50 which includes complimentary beer/wine, apps, food buffet, coffee from Shear Water Coffee Roasters, and dessert.

Tasting Ticket $100 which includes everything that the general admission ticket provides plus a reserved seat at a shared table to vote for the People's Choice Award.

The 5th Annual CT Chefs Challenge is presented by: Community Health Network of CT and Pullman & Comley Attorneys.

Other supporters include: Diamond Properties , People's United Bank, NovaMed, Quest Diagnostics and Cornerstone Pharmacy.

Coffee provided by: Shearwater Coffee Roasters

Proceeds from the evening benefit the mission of the Optimus Foundation, which is to is support development of new Optimus facilities and improvements in existing Optimus facilities and to promote public awareness and understanding of the services Optimus provides. We believe a healthy community leads to an improved quality of life for all of us who work, live and play in our community.

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