The Flagstaff community brought their appetites and their pocketbooks to help fight child abuse during the 5th annual, 25 Men Who Think They Can Cook fundraiser for ChildHelp. The annual event took place at the High Country Conference Center and showcased 25 well-known Flagstaff men (Celebrity Chefs) who shared their culinary prowess and competed for the best of show and bragging rights in 6 categories: Entrée, Soup/Salad, Appetizer, Dessert, Best Decorated Table and the coveted “People’s Choice Award”.
Live music was provided by the Mother Road Trio and the MC was the ever popular “Voice of Northern Arizona” Mitch Strohman.
And the winners were:
- Appetizers: Brandon Koch, Quinoa Bites
- Soup/Salad: Randy Waits, Chicken and Kale beer soup
- Main course: Dr. Eamonn Mahoney, Homemade Pasta, Braised Beef Ribs
- Dessert: Stuart Henderson, Chocolate Bread Pudding with Crème Sauce
- Best Decorated Table: Michael Domingue
The competing chefs were Troy Baker, John Barth, Steve Benning, Anthony Berardi, Rich Bowen, Mark Caro, Tom Cheng, Michael Dominguez, Bill Griffon, Matt Handwerk, Stuart Henderson, Greg Jaramillo, Brandon Koch, Sean Kruger, Carlos Laoiza, Dr. Eamonn Mahoney, Dan Ogden, Charlie Odegaard, Chris Shields, Tom Schmadel, Jerome Souers, Greg Ring, Wade Rousse, Randy Waites.
The Celebrity Judges were Frank Branham, John Conley, Sheriff Paul Penzone
“Gourmet” Sponsors were Babb Financial Group, LLC, Northern Arizona University, Sysco, Findlay Honda, CMS (California Marine Supply, Inc.), Flagstaff Face and Body and Salsa Brava Mexican Grill.
“Bon Appetit” Sponsors were Century 21 Flagstaff, Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Dr. & Mrs. Joel Rohrbough, Sean Openshaw Photography, Crest Insurance Group, GWHP Garrey, Woner, Hoffmaster and Peshek, P.C. and Home Construction.
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