FiveStar Food Fight at Chattanooga Market › ›
Chef Patrick Halloran will be back to defend his cooking title on Sunday, July 30, when Chattanooga Market hosts its annual FiveStar Food Fight presented by Springer Mountain Farms.
This cooking competition between five local chefs is a favorite of area foodies because they get to watch competitors’ creativity evolve from selecting ingredients through cooking to presentation of their plates to the judges.
Chefs ready to give Halloran a run for his money are Philippe Gehin of Mountain Cove Grill, Ben Park from Easy Bistro & Bar, Cliff Phillips from Feed Co. Table & Tavern and Tanner Marino from Broad Street Grille. Halloran has the benefit of being the only chef in the contest who has competed in the Food Fight previously.
“The chefs will have to be creative, quick-thinking and skillful. And, it’s no small feat since they will not be able to plan or prepare ahead of time,” says Melissa Siragusa, director of marketing and media relations for Chattanooga Market.
The five competitors arrive at the market armed only with their personal cooking equipment, six sets of service ware to serve their completed dishes and their aprons.
After they are introduced to the market audience at 11:30 a.m., they have one hour to shop for ingredients to prepare the best chicken dish of their life.
Market patrons can watch the chefs choose fruits, vegetables, spices, cheeses and more to make their dish remarkable. Springer Mountain Farms, event sponsor, will provide select cuts of all-natural chicken for the contest’s protein.
After shopping, chefs will then demonstrate their culinary skills using FiveStar professional cooking ranges. Emcee Dyan Damron will give a play-by-play narration during the hour the chefs are cooking to update the audience on the dishes being prepared.
Judges will score dishes on presentation, taste and creativity. The winner will receive a one-of-akind trophy designed and crafted by market artist Allen Hampton. Additionally, the winning chef will be awarded an automatic entrance into the 2017 World Chef Challenge, which will be held in Orange Beach, Ala., later this year,
Philippe Gehin Mountain Cove Grill
Patrick Halloran Hummingbird Pastaria
Tanner Marino Broad Street Grille
Ben Park Easy Bistro & Bar
Cliff Phillips Feed Co. Table & Tavern