It’s hard to resist something with an epic title like King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge.
When you learn that the event not only features four of the area’s most celebrated chefs dueling it out in an Iron Chef-style competition, but also includes a Champagne greeting, appetizers throughout the event prepared by the participating chefs, a cash bar, a four-course buffet with the four competing chefs cooking for you in the main hall right in front of you and live music – well, you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable evening.
The 2012 King of the Mountain Chef’s Challenge will be staged at the new Barn Pavilion at the Old Edwards Inn and Spa starting at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 17th.
It’ll pit the 2011 winner, Old Edwards Executive Chef Johannes Klapdohr, against Cyprus Restaurant Chef Nick Figel (the 2010 King of the Mountain Chefs); The Gamekeeper’s Tavern’s Mathew Kowal and John Fleer of Canyon Kitchen Restaurant. The four will compete in a one-on-one Iron Chef competition in which two chefs face off. Once the Mystery Ingredients are announced, the chefs have just 40 minutes to prepare their meal for the four guest judges. Points are awarded for taste, use of the mystery ingredients, presentation and originality.
In addition, there’ll be selected junior chefs showing off their culinary talents. It’s a marvelous opportunity to sample the creations of a new generation of kitchen stars.
Patrons will be welcomed at 3:00 p.m. with a serving of Champagne and the battle begins at 3:30 p.m. At 7:25 p.m., the King of the Mountain will be chosen and everyone will be treated to a lavish meal and live entertainment.
General seating during competition and dinner is $135. For more information and tickets, call (828) 526-2909.
by Luke Osteen