Nov. 10, 2017 (GREEN BAY, Wis.) — Intense. Fiery. Delicious. Fun. And all for a great cause, youth mentoring in our community. Chef Showdown 2017, presented by Community First Credit Union, matched up four fine dining chefs from the Greater Green Bay area in a cook-off that allows the audience to taste and vote on dishes prepared before their eyes.
Chef Jyll Everman of Gather on Broadway was awarded Champion of Chef Showdown after defeating her talented peers, Andy Mueller of Galley 57 and Aaron Morse of Black & Tan Grille, in two rounds of competition.
The event, held at the Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, was the first of two nights of foodie fundraisers supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin on Nov. 9. The second night, Taste of the Town on Nov. 10, features live and silent auctions, raffles and celebrities serving up cuisine from their favorite establishments.
Chef Showdown, in its second year as a standalone event, featured Rachel Manek and Pete Petoniak of WLUK-TV FOX 11 Good Day Wisconsin as emcees and Chef Jeff Igel of Fox Valley Technical College’s Culinary Arts program as expert commentator.
The contest began with a quick fire challenge in which the four chefs had 30 minutes to prepare bruschetta with ingredients revealed moments before cooking began. The quick fire challenge paired Morse (returning Champion) versus Chef Joe Schmidt, Republic Chophouse, and Everman versus Mueller.
The challenge was judged by the audience and three of the competitors’ peers, Chef Nicole Hoida of Backstage at the Meyer, Chef Chris Mangless of Three Three Five and Chef Matt Winters of Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center, Oshkosh.
Everman and Morse receive the most votes for their bruschetta and moved on to the final round in which the chefs had 45 minutes to prepare an entrée with ingredients, again, revealed just before cooking begin. The audience and judges tasted, voted and selected Everman as the Champion.
Frank Hermans of Let Me Be Frank Productions led the audience of about 200 guests through an entertaining auction of each of the chefs for private dinners, a collaborative dinner featuring all four chefs and judge Chris Mangless, as well as an electric guitar signed by the late artist Prince — all adding more than $15,000 to the event proceeds benefiting BBBS’s mentoring programs.
Everman will return to the competition next year to defend her title against three of her peers in fine dining cuisine.
Chef Showdown would not be possible without lead support from Community First Credit Union, the Radisson/Oneida and American Foods Group.
Taste of the Town, being held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 10, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in gala style where attendees will savor the Greater Green Bay area’s finest food paired with local beer, wine and cocktails from more than 20 vendors. Besides tastings and socializing, Taste of the Town will offer auction and raffle items including dinner with a Green Bay Packers player, trip to Jamaica (valued at $6,500), Aaron Rodgers signed jersey, guitar signed by Tom Petty, and more. Attendees can mingle with celebrities like Mayor Jim Schmitt, Ashley Prange (of Au Naturale), WIXX’s Murphy in the Morning crew and many others.
Tickets, valued at $100 for individuals, can be purchased at the door or by calling 920-498-2227. A detailed list of participating restaurants, caterers, bakeries and beverage distributors is available online at https://e-activist.com/page/14221/event/1.
Support from these events allows Big Brothers Big Sisters to meet the needs of youth in our communities through mentoring relationships. Last year, Big Brothers Big Sisters served nearly 600 children and it is on track to serve at least as many this year.
For information about our programs, to volunteer or enroll your children, please visit www.bbbsnew.org or call 920-489-2227.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin is the premier youth mentoring organization serving Brown, Oconto and Door counties. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Founded in 1972, we are a 100 percent donor and volunteer supported nonprofit organization.