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Win: 2 Tickets to Copper Skillet Competition on January 6th

Posted by cmh gourmand on December 27, 2010

Who wants two tickets for an event that features a wine reception, a cooking competition / throwdown pitting top chefs against each other and dinner cooked by the winner from last year? Tickets are valued at $60 each. If you care to go this is all you need to do – send me an email (click here) by midnight December 29th. I will pick one person at random to accept the tickets. All I ask is that the winner post a few thoughts about the event when they get home so I know what I missed. Doors open at 5 PM and you get skillet-side seats for the competition.

Listed below is part of the press release I received about this event. If you don’t score the tickets but still want to go you can be purchase entry at the door and part of the proceeds go to the Mid Ohio Food Bank.

The Conference Center at NorthPointe has been selected to host the seventh annual Copper Skillet USA Competition on January 6 at 6pm. Landing this intense, high profile cook off is a real coup for NorthPointe. Conference centers across the country vie for it. The competition highlights the artistry and skill of the best chefs from the International Association of Conference Centers around the World and draws foodies from near and far. Seven chefs from across the United States have made it to this qualifying cook-off including Chef Tricia Gardner, the sous chef from NorthPointe. The winner of the competition at NorthPointe will represent the United States at the world competition in March. The event is open to the public and a portion of the $60 tickets will benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. A wine tasting and gourmet dinner are included in the evening.

The way the contest works this year is pretty cool too. The competing chefs are given a mystery basket of fresh produce, grains and three protein ingredients (meat, fish, poultry, etc.) Prior to the competition, the chefs will be supplied with a list of basic staple items. Using the staple items and contents of the mystery basket plus two of the protein ingredients, the chefs will create their best entree to wow the judges. Each chef will be given 15 minutes time to review the items and plan their dish, prior to the 30 minute cook off time allotment. Each chef has their own station and creates their dish in front of the live audience. It gets pretty intense. This years judges are a very esteemed panel including Chef Richard Bloudin from The Refectory, Chef Ric Peterson of Grasings Restaurant in Carmel, CA, the Hyatt Regency’s Columbus Executive Chef Joan Lodholz, and a chef from the International Association of Conference Centers.

These judges are top chef’s for sure. The gourmet buffet dinner for the evening is prepared by the competition winner from last year.

Photo courtesy of
Kelli Trinoskey from Fleisher Communications Group

The details:

U.S.A Copper Skillet Competition
The Conference Center at NorthPointe
9243 Columbus Pike (near US 23 and Powell Road)
Lewis Center

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