Local top chefs will battle it out for hospital
— Union Hospital is hopefully cooking up another successful — not to mention tasty — spring fundraiser.
The Junior Board of Union Hospital will present the seventh annual Chefs’ Challenge on Friday at the Upper Chesapeake Ballroom. The event brings together local culinary professionals for a cooking competition in the style of the television show “Top Chef.”
Each year features different competitors and ingredients. This year’s participating chefs come from Port House Grill in North East, The Chef’s Kitchen in North East, Minihane’s Irish Pub in Elkton and Woody’s Crab House in North East.
The competition is divided into three rounds based on a key ingredient: potato, rhubarb and spinach. It’s still under wraps what the chefs will make with those ingredients.
The four chefs will then produce different dishes —
from appetizer to entrée to dessert — featuring the assigned key ingredient. After tasting all 12 dishes, attendees will vote on a winner.
Past proceeds from the event have gone to renovations of the hospital’s surgical services department. This year, the proceeds will go to the new radiation oncology center. The center will be at the current location of the hospital’s Adult Day Center, as that center is moving to a new location in Elkton off Route 213. The building will be renovated this summer and it should be open in the late fall.
Last year’s event saw record turnout, with more than 185 people attending.
The Upper Chesapeake Ballroom is located at North East Fire Company, 210 S. Mauldin Ave. in North East. Doors open at 6 p.m. and an open bar and soft drinks will be available. Tickets are $75 per person.
Additional information can be found online at www. uhcc.com/foundation. To order tickets by phone, call 410-620-3745.
Attendees line up to try the desserts at the sixth annual Chefs’ Challenge.