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Local chefs competing Saturday at Old Town Farmers’ Market

08/27/2014 4:09 PM

08/27/2014 4:11 PM

This weekend is Labor Day weekend, meaning that it’s time for the annual Iron Chef Competition at the Old Town Farmers’ Market. The event, now in its 12th year, is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the market at First and Mosley. The competition pits local chefs against each other, cooking live with a secret ingredient they learn about just as the competition begins.

This year’s contestants are Taste and See’s Jason Febres, Wesley Medical Center’s executive chef Curtis Isley, Travis Joy from Harvest Kitchen/Bar in the Hyatt, the Ambassador Hotel’s executive chef Ben George, and Jeremy Pacacha, a chef with Eurest Dining Services.

I’ll be on a panel of judges picking the winner. My co-judges will be John Michael of the Butler County Community College culinary program, and Travis Russell from Public at the Brickyard. Piper Leigh and the Smokin' Section will perform following the competition, and the morning also will include kids’ activities. The hours for Saturday’s market are 8 a.m. to noon.

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Denise has been an Eagle reporter since 1997. She writes about pop culture on Sundays, reviews restaurants on Fridays and blogs at Dining with Denise. Previously, she worked for the Chattanooga Times and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Kansas.

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