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KRHA President & CEO Adam Mills and Chef Ben George Win 2015 Celebrity & Chef Cook-Of

Friday, June 12, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lisa Graham
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Wichita, KS -- 06/12/2015 --Members of the culinary community gathered Tuesday evening for the 2015 Celebrity & Chef Cook-off to benefit the Orpheum Theatre.

Among the celebrities was KRHA President and CEO Adam Mills who partnered with Chef Ben George with Savor at Intrust Bank Arena to secure the win!

"I had such a great time working alongside Chef George in supporting a piece of Wichita that's entertained locals and visitors for close to a century, said Mills. "And what better way to do that than with great food, fun and a little friendly competition."

This year's crowd was the largest one in the event's 14-year history. Last year, 470 people attended the fundraiser. This year's event drew a sold-out crowd of 550 people.

The highlight of the night was watching as well-known local chefs paired with local celebrities to cook a dish in 45 minutes, using food provided on-site and this year's secret ingredient — pineapple.

Among the eight competing teams were Bella Vita Bistro chef Adrian Prudhomme DeLodder and Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers co-founder Scott Redler; Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and Cafe 402 owner Jason Fisher; and Hyatt chef Paul Freimuth and Occidental Management's Gary Oborny.

Along with an exciting, fast-paced, Iron Chef-style cooking competition, guests enjoyed food and drinks from their favorite local restaurants, while mingling with guests and bidding on live and silent auction items — many of which were restaurant related.

Some of the local restaurants included Jersey's Bar & Grill, Todd Brian's Brick Street Cafe & Tavern, Bob & Luigi's, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers and Molino's.

"I've been judging this event for years, and I can tell you that the chefs all take it quite seriously," says Denise Neil, with the Wichita Eagle. "Winning this title seems more important to them than winning almost any other cookoff title. Jason Febres of Taste and See has won so many years that he agreed to serve as a judge instead this year."

Second place was awarded to Fisher and third place went to last year's co-champion, Prudhomme DeLodder.

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