Battle of the Chefs returns for its seventh year at Founders Hall from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2.

The format of this year’s event will be a first of its kind: six chefs who’ve competed at the event in the past have been paired up in a random drawing. The dueling duos will compete in a fast-paced cooking showdown.

The event has been described as a cross between Food Network’s Chopped and Bravo’s Top Chef. There are three phases to the Battle: appetizer, entrée, and dessert. There will be a panel of three expert judges:

· Brendan Walsh, Dean from The Culinary Institute of America

· Amy Kundrat, CT Bites

· Erik Ofgang, Author and Senior Writer, Connecticut Magazine

Throughout the event, guests will have access to an open bar and will be served a plethora of passed savory and sweet eats – many of which include the secret ingredients from both the appetizer and entrée rounds of the competition. Local vendors will be offering food/drink samples to guests and there will be live music for all to enjoy.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Founders Hall, a donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60+. The event is being sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and The Chefs Warehouse.

To learn more and to order tickets, please visit founders-hall.org or call 203-431-7000.