Steel Chef Challenge features local cooks
See what’s cooking at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and Ballroom in Pittsburgh on Sunday.
That’s the site of the sixth annual Steel Chef Challenge Culinary Gala. The gala begins at 5:30 p.m.
This event spotlights 20 of Pittsburgh’s premier chefs preparing their creations.
The format is similar to the Food Network’s television show “Steel Chef Challenge.” A surprise “secret ingredient” is revealed and local chefs are challenged to incorporate the secret ingredient into one of the four courses.
This year’s judges are WQED’s Chris Fennimore, Former Pittsburgh Penguin Phil Bourque, Jamison Lamb Farm’s owner Jon Jamison and Pittsburgh’s Restaurant Week founder Brian McCollum. They will select the winner.
WPXI-TV’s Aaron Martin KDKA-TV’s and Amy Wadas will be the masters of ceremonies.
Here are the contestants:
Paul Morrison, Sysco – Culinary Co-Chair
Dean Gress, Executive Chef Wyndham Grand – Culinary Co-Chair
Brian Barcus, The Commoner
Keith Butler, Manchester Bidwell
Jeff Clark, Washington Hospital
Robert Furar, Rico’s Restaurant
Mark Henry, Chef Mark’s Palate
Eliza Jamison, Muddy Waters
Patrick Kadera, Ember and Vine
Joe Kiefer, Cinderlands
Tim Kratt, or, The Whale
Tom Lonardo, Eliza
Vincent Perri, Supper
Chris O’Brien, Scratch F&B
Steve Rechtorik, Crafted North
Nick Saxon, Braddock’s Rebellion
Edwin Smith, Monterey Bay Fish Grotto
Jon Sterrett, Senti
Chad Townsend, Milles Homemade
Randy Williams, The Carlton
JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .