Lo­cal top chefs will bat­tle it out for hospital

Cecil Whig - - & - By DARA MCBRIDE


— 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.

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