Modeled after the popular television show Chopped, the event is equal parts entertainment, education and benefit for Pullmans Community Action Center. Just like the television show, the three competitors will have a limited time to prepare their creations -- around 40 minutes for an appetizer, followed by around 50 minutes for an entree, said Jeff Guyett, executive director.
Additionally, theyll be presented with a mystery ingredient right before the competition begins that must be featured prominently in each dish that is prepared.
The chefs in Sundays competition have an additional challenge beyond those on television: they can only access foods in their pantry, all of which are items typically found on the shelf at the Community Food Bank. They be choosing from things like canned tomatoes, green lentils, canned black beans, pasta, canned tuna, as well as fresh romaine lettuce, which is grown in the food banks hydroponic garden and distributed when the food bank is open.
Its an additional challenge, but it should be that way because thats what our food bank patrons face every week, Guyett said. They get what they get.
The results will be judged by Pullman mayor Glenn Johnson, Joan Swenson of Paradise Creek Brewery, Chrisi Kincaid of WSU and a guest judge selected from the audience through a raffle at the event. That person will be seated prior to the presentation of the appetizer.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the completing the community kitchen at the Community Action Center. The small space, formerly used as a food bank, will serve as a teaching kitchen, as well as a place to park donated food for distribution, Guyett said.
The competing chefs are Will Wohlfeil of Southfork, Matthew Lasof of Washington State Universitys Northside Café, and Ryan Avery, a local amateur chef. The event will be emceed by Jamie Callison, executive chef at WSU, who will talk the audience through the competition, explain the ingredients being used and discuss the community kitchen project.
Free appetizers, prepared by Paradise Creek Brewery, will be served, and a no host bar will be available. The food prepared by the chefs will be served to the judges only.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Chefs Challenge for Community Action Center
WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday, doors open at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Gladish Community Center, Pullman
COST: $15/person in advance or $20/person at the door; tickets can be purchased at the Community Action Center or online at cacwhitman.org