7 Local Chefs Compete in 4th Annual Connecticut Chefs Challenge to Benefit The Optimus Foundation

17 Sep

2014 CT Chefs Challenge

Food competition shows are fun to watch on TV, no doubt. There’s lots of excitement, panic, stressful situations, and lots of smack talk going down.  But, you miss out on a key component:  interaction. You can’t talk with the chefs, (even though you might be yelling at the TV and telling them to not cook the pork for any longer, they can’t actually hear you) and you certainly can’t taste all the awesome food that they are making.

Well, you’ve got your chance as the Connecticut Chefs Challenge returns for another year at Lincoln Culinary Institute in Shelton. This year there are seven CT chefs who are vying to win the title of “Best in Show.” The fun begins at 5:30 with a cocktail reception where you’ll learn about The Optimus Foundation (they construct and maintain medical facilities in Fairfield County for communities in need) who this event benefits and you’ll get to down some great small bites to help prep you for the contest.  

From there at 6:30, you can take a tour of each chef’s kitchen, talk with them about what they are preparing, and nom away on their taste samples. Make sure to keep track of what you like the most because you will be voting to see who the best chef is!  At 7:30, each chef will present his dish to the professional judges with the winner being announced at 8. Tickets are $75 in advance and $100 at the door with free wine and beer, a cocktail reception, live music from Joe Kiernan, lots of awesome food, and a photo booth to document your killer time.

Competing for your votes are:

Pasquale Poccia from Pasquale’s Osteria in Norwalk

Attilio Marini from Marisa’s Ristorante in Trumbull

Mark Vecchitto from Seehund German Pub & Restaurant in New London

Carter King from King’s Organic Kitchen in Southport

Pierre Andre Desruisseaux from Metric Bar & Grill in Bridgeport

Chef Jay Daly From Butcher’s Best Country Market in Newtown

Chef Plum from Plum Luv Foods based out of Newtown

Lots of talent, no doubt…but we have to wonder if Chef Plum will have an advantage over the other chefs. He has been in many competitions, even competing on The Taste and recently winning Guy’s Grocery Games on The Food Network.

Good luck to all chef-testants and we hope that you can attend!  

4th Annual Connecticut Chefs Challenge

9/19 from 5:30-8:30

Lincoln Culinary Institute

8 Progress Drive

Shelton, CT

One Response to “7 Local Chefs Compete in 4th Annual Connecticut Chefs Challenge to Benefit The Optimus Foundation”


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