Admit it – you've watched Bravo's Top Chef and wished that you, too, could judge a contest of culinary skill and creativity as brave chefs meet head on in battle. The opportunity has finally arrived! On Saturday night, September 10, the 2011 St. John Medical Center Top Chef competition will test the versatility and inventiveness of four top chefs from some of Cleveland's finest restaurants. Each chef will be asked to prepare an appetizer and entrée for competition. Think of the possibilities! Join Ted Allen and friends for a one-of-a-kind dining experience and help select a winner!
Who will "pack their knives" and who will be crowned this year's Top Chef? Be a part of Cleveland history... this is sure to be the season's hottest ticket. Tickets are limited.
Dress is casual. Parking is free.
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|Chef Michael Nowak
Bar Cento • Ohio City
At Cleveland's award-winning Bar Cento, Chef Nowak focuses on ingredient-driven Italian inspired cuisine, with a menu that reflects the harvest of small local farmers.
|Chef Rob Records|
Johnny's • Downtown
Chef Records incorporates his "old school" style into new daily creations while maintaining Johnny's made-from-scratch recipes that include beef, lamb and veal, fresh fish, and made-to-order sauces.
|Chef Sarah Sherapita|
Luxe • Detroit Shoreway
With 15 years of first-hand experience, Chef Sherapita creates her adventurous menus inside the glass-fronted open kitchen of this hip restaurant in the revitalized Detroit Shoreway neighborhood.
|Chef Jonathan Guest|
Washington Place Bistro • Little Italy
Chef Guest's culinary talents are immediately evident in the fresh and local ingredients used in the modern American fare served at this critically acclaimed restaurant in Little Italy.
Guest Host and Judge
Emmy Award winner Ted Allen is host of Food Detectives, a primetime series on Food Network. Ted has been a judge on every season of Bravos Top Chef and Food Networks Iron Chef America. He is host of the PBS series Uncorked: Wine Made Simple and the Food Networks smash-hit Chopped. He also authored a cookbook, The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes. | Photo by: Jason Friedman
Joe Crea serves as the Food and Restaurants Editor for The Plain Dealer and is the past chair of The James Beard Foundation Awards Committee as well as chair emeritus of The Beard Foundation's Journalism Awards. Previously, he chaired the Foundation's Book Awards Committee and served as a member of that committee for nearly a decade.
Winner of the 2010 SJMC Top Chef competition, Chef Regan Reik of Pier W returns this year as a guest judge. Regan has made a personal commitment to "going to the source" for the freshest, most original culinary inspirations. Chef Reik's innovative approach to new and classic dishes has helped Pier W retain its 45-year reputation as Cleveland's legendary seafood destination.
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