Culinary creations have bolstered support for a family experiencing medical challenges.
The finale of the Chef’s Corner Cook-Off during the Avenue Market raised $2,200 for Tony Rupp, Rupp Metalworks owner, who needs a kidney transplant.
“Once word got out, tickets sold out within 24 hours,” said Lara Konkin, with the Downtown Vernon Association.
“The support from the community was absolutely amazing.”
Ticket holders were treated to a three-course meal prepared by Billy Sanderson (Gumtree Catering/Olive Us), Kristina Sidorczuk (Eatology), Jennifer Innis (Masterchef Canada) and Eric Wisse (Station BBQ). The food was complimented by beverages from Edge of the Earth Vineyards and BX Press Cidery.
As the evening progressed, one chef was eliminated at each course, leaving only two chefs standing during the dessert course. Sanderson and Sidorczuk had only 40 minutes to prepare their final course to impress the judges to become the ultimate winner.
“They both knocked it out of the park with their desserts. It really was a battle right to the very end,” said Konkin.
“All of the courses were outstanding. The judges had their work cut out for them. It would have been really hard but delicious at the same time.”
Judges had the final vote, with Anderson coming out as the winner.
“The DVA Chefs Corner Cook-Off was a fantastic community involved event for spectators to catch a live glimpse into the fast-paced culinary industry,” he said.
“Being able to come out with the overall ultimate final win with my sous chef Stacey Lee-Scott made the outrageous circumstances of the evening something I will cherish and remember for a very, very long time.”