Two chefs bat­tle it out through three rounds in an im­pro­vised ap­pe­tizer com­pe­ti­tion. May the best skil­let win

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Paddy Townsend, a Hamil­ton-based Chopped Canada cham­pion who works at the Ar­ling­ton Ho­tel in Paris, and Lu­cas Jones from South­ern Smoke on Ottawa Street North vied for brag­ging rights Mon­day night in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion called BATTLEAPPS. The eight-city tour­ing con­test is a pro­mo­tion for McCain Foods pre­sented by the Un­der­ground Chef Com­pany. Other par­tic­i­pat­ing ci­ties in­clude Toronto, Lon­don, Mon­treal, Hal­i­fax, Saska­toon, Ed­mon­ton and Kelowna. The Hamil­ton leg was held at South­ern Smoke, with al­most 100 on­look­ers. Townsend and Jones cooked in three rounds, tasked with cre­at­ing ap­pe­tiz­ers us­ing McCain in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing chicken or liver, pub chips, ten­der tots and cau­li­flower bits. Who claimed the app-king ti­tle? Chef Townsend.

Paddy Townsend, a Chopped Canada cham­pion, above, right, and Lu­cas Jones from South­ern Smoke on Ottawa Street North com­peted there against each other Mon­day night.

Jones, left, and Townsend plate their first round: pou­tine.

Judge Se­bastien de Vuyst takes in the aroma of one of the dishes from the three rounds of com­pe­ti­tion.

Spec­ta­tors keep a close watch on the ac­tion.

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