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Mar 8, 2012

EMCC FOUNDATION TO HOST MAINE CHEF CHALLENGE 2012 TO BENEFIT STUDENTS OF EMCC’S MAINE HOSPITALITY INSTITUTE

Officials at Eastern Maine Community College are pleased to announce the first annual Maine Chef Challenge will be held on Friday, March 23, 2012. Utilizing a format similar to The Food Network’s Iron Chef, yet with a decidedly Maine flair, three chefs – representing Ipanema Bar & Grill and The Reverend Noble Pub; Pairings at Winterport Winery; and Jeanie Marshal Foods, an international food manufacturer based in Bangor – will battle for both the bragging rights and title of Maine’s Chef in an exciting culinary competition.

Doors of the Johnston Gym, located on the EMCCcampus will open at 5:30pm with the Challenge getting underway at 6:30pm.  Each chef will prepare a total of three courses during the competition.  Judging will be led by Lou Kiefer, Executive Chef of the Bar Harbor Inn. Area culinary experts, Todd Simcox of WABI-TV and Emily Burnham of the Bangor Daily News will join Chef Kiefer at the judges’ table. The fourth judge, a member of the audience, will join the judges just prior to the competition. All proceeds will benefit the Maine Hospitality Institute at EMCC and directly impact students enrolled in the Culinary Arts program, as well as the new Hospitality and Tourism Management program – the first and only associate degree of its kind offered in Maine.

Sponsors of the Maine Chef Challenge 2012 include Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor Daily News, Bronson Audio Visual & Event Services, and Bangor Hydro Electric Company.

For information on purchasing tickets or sponsoring the EMCC Maine Chef Challenge 2012, visit us online at: www.mainechefchallenge.kintera.org .

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