Battle of the Chefs returns to Founders Hall on Sunday, June 3, 4 – 7pm. In a culinary showdown similar to those featured on television shows such as Top Chef and Chopped, three seasoned chefs will match sharp knives and quick wits for the benefit of Founders Hall. Chefs Brian Bender (David’s Soundview Catering, formerly of Cutting Board Café), Zachariah Campion (Bailey’s Backyard), and André Gainer (Luna Rossa), will compete to create an entree from a basket of surprise ingredients, in just sixty minutes, in front of a live audience. A panel of food experts, including Ridgefielder Brendan Walsh (Dean of Culinary Arts, the Culinary Institute of America) will judge the chefs on their creativity, craftsmanship and culinary results as the crowd cheers the chefs on. Ken Tuccio, host of 95.9 Fox radio's First Thing broadcast, will emcee the action.
As part of the entertainment, culinary enthusiasts can mingle with the chefs before and after the entrée competition, and get close to the action to watch their techniques and skills as the fast-paced contest unfolds. Food and beverages (including an open bar) will be bountiful throughout the event. Guests will taste and judge appetizers created by these three notable chefs, and savor hors d'oeuvres that feature the competition’s secret ingredients as well as signature desserts from all three chefs. There will also be sampling stations featuring locally-sourced gourmet food and beverages. To taste the chefs’ entrees, guests may buy a seat at a chef’s table (limited number available).