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Chefs Accept Challenge to Fill the Grill

Written By Scott Joseph On August 2, 2011

Looking for something fun to do this evening, maybe something that will take you away from the Food Network and all the contrived chef cooking competitions? How about a live chef cooking competition?

Whole Foods Market at Phillips Crossing is sponsoring a Fill the Grill challenge that pits four area chefs against each other. The chefs are John Rivers, 4Rivers Bbq; Alec Cheak, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Tuan Tran, Crave; and Steve Saelg, Crooked Spoon food truck. The first competition will feature Rivers and Cheak this evening, Tuesday, August 2; the second challenge will feature the other two chefs on August 16. The winning chef, determined by a panel of judges, from each first heat — and it’s August, and they’re grilling, so when I say heat, I mean HEAT — will compete head to head for the title on August 30.

Here’s the challenge: each chef will have 20 minutes to spend $20 for ingredients and then have 20 minutes to make something creative and delicious using only a grill. Twenty bucks for ingredients. Did I mention this is at Whole Foods? And they’re calling it Fill the Grill? What are they using, a hibachi? You can spend $20 before getting out of the produce department.

If you want to see the action live, it all starts at 6:30 this evening. Whole Foods is at 8003 Turkey Lake Road (corner of Sand Lake Road), Orlando.


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