FiveS­tar Food Fight at Chat­tanooga Mar­ket › ›

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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

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