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Five chefs will go skillet-to-skillet when the Chattanoog­a Market holds its annual Lodge Cast Iron Cook-Off in First Tennessee Pavilion, 1826 Carter St., on Sunday, Aug. 25.

An event popular with foodies of all ages, this cook-off is much like Food Network’s “Chopped.” Five prominent and rising chefs must use their culinary skill to create an entree using a mystery ingredient revealed to them at the cook-off. The chefs will have to be creative and quick-thinking since they will not be able to plan or prepare ahead of time.

Arriving Sunday morning armed with their Lodge cast-iron cookware, serving dishes and little more, the chefs are provided with a pantry of basic items (salt, sugar, flour), mystery ingredient and a modest budget so that they may shop market vendors for the remaining ingredient­s they need to prepare their meals.

Chefs will be introduced at 11:30 a.m., then they have about a half-hour to shop. David Karnes from WRCB will provide the play-by-play during the hour the chefs have to cook. The entrees will be judged on presentati­on, taste and creativity.

Market patrons get to watch as the chefs shop, cook and present their meals to the judges. It’s a good way to learn a new thing or two to try at home.

The winner of the Lodge Cast Iron Cook-Off will receive a Golden Ticket into the 2020 World Food Championsh­ips.

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