Meet the Beet Today @ Daley Plaza

August 6, 2009 at 8:55 am

Come to the country Chef Challenge today in Daley Plaza. Yours truly will be one of the guests. Come see how three famously TV experienced chefs will handle the market. In addition, I’ll be there in my “I Buy Local” shirt to answer any questions on the Eat Local Lifestyle. Details below.

Farmers Market COUNTRY Chef Challenge

Attend the COUNTRY Chef Challenge Aug. 6 at Daley PlazaSizzling fruits and vegetables will tease the lunchtime tastebuds of Daley Plaza Farmers Market visitors when three renowned female chefs face off at the third COUNTRY Chef Challenge at 11 am Aug. 6.

The chefs competing to become Master of the Market each bring different skills to the challenge, sponsored by COUNTRY Financial and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events (MOSE). Two of the chefs previously competed on Bravo’s Top Chef and FOX’s Hell’s Kitchen.

For the first time ever, the Chef Challenge features three female contestants:

• Radhika Desai

Desai was a contender on season five of Top Chef. She has received a critic’s choice award from Timeout’s 2008 Eat Out Award and been featured in numerous publications. She is currently working on opening her own restaurant.

• Heather Terhune

Terhune began her culinary career as the Chef de Partie at Palladin in Washington D.C. She worked as the Executive Sous and Pastry Chef at Pops Trattoria in Durham, N.C. before relocating to open 312 Chicago. She is now executive chef at Atwood Café in Chicago.

• Jennifer Gavin

Gavin was a contestant on Hell’s Kitchen in 2008 and finished among the final four. During her culinary career she has worked with world renowned chefs such as Wolfgang Puck and Gordon Ramsay. Currently, she is the Executive Chef/Owner of Catered Excellence in Chicago.

Competing chefs will have 30 minutes to select fresh ingredients from the market and then 30 minutes to create a winning dish with their selected ingredients.

One thousand COUNTRY Chef Challenge guests will receive a free canvas bag provided by COUNTRY. The bag was designed by Jonathan Nathan, a Mather High School senior. He received a $1,000 scholarship from COUNTRY as the winner of the Farmers Market Reusable Bag Design Contest.