Who knew that those old “Iron Chef” shows Food Network used to broadcast so long ago — and in Japanese rather than English — would make such a mark on the Cape Fear region’s dining scene.
Whether for charity, fun or profit, food competitions are feeding Cape Fear area diners a steady diet of events.
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North CarolinaWilmington Branch hosts The Iron Skillet Chef Cook-Off 5:30 p.m. today at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Warwick Center.
Participating top Wilmington toques include James Beard Award nominee Keith Rhodes of Catch and Phun restaurants and Cameo 19 Hundred’s Kirsten Mitchell, winner of local cooking awards and recently recognized among the Southeast’s top new chefs by Food & Wine magazine.
Iron Skillet attendees get to watch chefs prepare healthy meals using only select ingredients. Guests will sample the fare as each chef battles for diners’ votes. Those votes will be in the form of a donation to the Food Bank. A $1 donation equals one vote.
All proceeds generated from Iron Skillet will support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington. For each dollar donated, the Food Bank reported that it can provide five meals to those in need.
Music will be provided by Chris Bellamy. The evening’s emcee will be Tom Mills of Little Pond Catering.
No tickets are required to attend the event. Call 251-1465.
Read more about this great event in my full report for the Greater Wilmington Business Jounral.