Friday, April 17, 2009

Chef’s Challenge Event Welcomes Spring to Northern Michigan

The finest Chef teams from Northern & Southern Michigan will again compete in the 2nd Annual CHEF’S CHALLENGE for CHALLENGE MOUNTAIN event at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, April 24-26. The event celebrates Springtime Splendor Week in Michigan, highlighting Michigan’s great agricultural diversity and its growing wine and craft beer industries.

The North vs. South competition on Saturday will again feature fantastic entrée samplings by 12 chef teams, complimented by fine Michigan wine and micro-brew tastings. North & South winning teams will be chosen by the public and professional culinary judges, and face off in an “Iron Chef” competition dinner that evening.

Well-known Michigan Chef Hermann of HERMANN’S in Cadillac, and Chef Michelle Bommarito, frequent participant on Food Channel competitions, are among the judges at the Iron Chef show-down. All proceeds benefit Challenge Mountain, which provides adaptive outdoor recreational opportunities for the developmentally challenged.

With the soft economy, the Governor and First Family, as well as all legislators, are being encouraged to set an example and attend. Instead of heading south for Spring Break, they are reminded it’s a perfect time to explore Michigan’s many historical and cultural venues, as well as participate in the outstanding recreational options that surround us.

In the words of Platinum Partner Farm Bureau Insurance Director of Strategic Marketing, Jack Stucko, “We look forward to the Chef’s Challenge rapidly becoming a great Michigan event. The ’09 concepts on the table assure a broad involvement for Michigan families, students, culinary organizations, agriculture and businesses to promote Michigan and its many resources in people, ideas, performance and creativity.”

Complete details are available at, which will be updated as various seminars are finalized. Or call (231) 535-2227.

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