The sweet aroma of wine gives way to the sweet smells of whatever two cooking teams can create under a pressure-filled deadline.
The third annual Iron Chef competition, organized by the Vernon chapter of Moms Making It Happen, takes place Sunday, Sept. 22 at Turtle Mountain Winery.
The two teams that will take part this year are from Gumtree Catering and The Italian Kitchen Company.
“Join us for this front row seat and watch the talented teams carve, swirl and sizzle right before your eyes,” said event spokesperson Deb Leroux.
Teams will have a certain amount of time to create with ingredients provided an appetizer, salad, soup, entree and dessert.
A “secret” ingredient will be unveiled only moments before the chefs begin to heat their pans.
The four registered judges for the event include Roger Knox (The Morning Star), Melissa Ligertwood (Castanet), Brian Martin (Sun-FM) and Claire Sear (Eat Magazine).
The audience will have a chance to join the judges at their table.
“There will be five opportunities to become a judge,” said Leroux. “One ticket will be part of our live auction for each of the five courses. So there’s an opportunity to join the big table and indulge in the creations of the teams.”
Doors open at 2 p.m. and cocktails will be served from 2 to 3 p.m. The “secret” ingredient will be revealed at 3:15 p.m. and the chef competition starts at 3:30 p.m.
The Iron Chef Competition is a fundraiser, and this year’s proceeds go to the Family Resource Centre’s Post-Partum Program.
“We invite everyone to meet Jan Schulz, the executive director of Family Resource Centre, and to learn more about the wide array of programs that they oversee in our region,” said Leroux.
As she has done for the first two events, Amy Markin will serve as Iron Chef’s fabulous MC.
Tickets are $50 and are available at the Bean Scene Downtown Vernon, The Italian Kitchen Company, the Family Resource Centre and the UPS Store on 30th Avenue.
Online tTickets may be purchased at www.momsmakingithappen.ca
Tickets must be purchased in advance, but can be picked up at the event.
“The limited seating of 125 allows everyone to have a great vantage point, to partake of the signature cocktails being prepared by Okanagan Spirits and the appetizer/dessert combos created by both of the competing teams,” said Leroux.
Sponsors for this event include Nixon Wenger, Black Press, Eat Magazine, Sun-FM, Dianas Monogramming, Nor-Val Event Rentals, Rancho Vignola, Cottons Chocolates, SNAP Okanagan, Sproing Creative, Investors Group, SYSCO, Blenz Coffee, Evolution Audio, Parnells, Left Field Cider Co., Okanagan Spirits, Okanagan Spring Brewery, Mission Hill, Winery, Bold Media Group, UPS 104, Turtle Mountain Vineyard, Powerhouse Theatre, Little Cake Co., Marie Hayden Fitness, Competition Exteriors.
For additional details, please contact Leroux at firstname.lastname@example.org.