Iron Chef Competition Helps Fight Hunger on Sept. 19

Three of the best chefs in the region will bring their culinary skills to market to compete in the Farmers Market of the Ozarks (FMO) Iron Chef Competition on Saturday, Sept. 19, at the market. The competition will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the 2015 Iron Chef will be named at 12:30 p.m. All proceeds of the event are to support Ozarks Food Harvest (OFH) as part of the organization’s Hunger Action Month Campaign.

“Farmers Market of the Ozarks is a strong supporter of The Food Bank,” explained OFH Communication Coordinator Christine Temple. “The annual Iron Chef competition is a fun event that brings the community together to raise awareness of the one in six people, and one in four kids, who struggle with hunger right here in the Ozarks.”

Iron Chef for this year’s competition includes Chef Brian Taylor of Iguana Rojo, Kevin Lane with Lifepoint Church and culinary student and home cook Caleb Howerton.

“Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most requested food items by many families served by OFH, and thanks to donations from local farmers and gardeners, local food is provided to these families, ” said Lane McConnell, FMO Executive Director. “The Iron Chef event will help to inspire locals to take action and raise awareness of the food insecurity in the Ozarks. Our participating chefs will be bringing everything they have to the table to raise funds for this great organization and to help feed our fellow neighbors in the Ozarks.”

Chefs will be asked to prepare three dishes, which includes a side, main and dessert. All dishes will highlight a secret market ingredient revealed the day of market.  In addition, one protein will be provided to each chef to use in his or her main dish. All dishes will focus on using locally grown and produced products from FMO and chefs will offer samples of each dish created to the public. Customers will help in scoring the judges through voting for their favorite chefs and dishes by dropping in monetary donations at each chef station in a provided donation jar. All money collected will be presented to Ozarks Food Harvest at the Iron Chef Awards.

For more information about the Iron Chef Competition go online to our Facebook page. Live music begins at 9:30 a.m. from the Adam Johnston Band from Branson, MO.

Enjoy photos from the 2014 Iron Chef Competition where Chef Chadwick Isom was named Iron Chef.

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