Food fight

By on February 26, 2014

Pictured (left to right) are Chef Joseph Church, Chef Taylor Boettger, Chef Kelly Kapinos and chairman of the Iron Chef event, Chris Dunn. Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Pictured (left to right) are Chef Joseph Church, Chef Taylor Boettger, Chef Kelly Kapinos and chairman of the Iron Chef event, Chris Dunn. Photo by Preston Whitcraft

Local chefs compete at Iron Chef Cocalico

This year’s Iron Chef competitors gathered for a meeting on Feb. 20 at Cocalico High School to prepare for this Sunday’s competition. Two new chefs will take on last year’s winner, Chef Kelly Kapinos, and compete for a chance to be crowned the 2014 Iron Chef Cocalico.

Chef Joseph Church is a self-taught chef and is currently the owner of the Black Dog Cafe in Stouchsburg. He was previously the chef at Jimmy Kramer’s Peanut Bar in Reading and also was the previous owner of Cheney’s Seafood Company, The Geeen Hills Restaurant and the Bistro on the Geeens at Flying Hills.

Chef Taylor Boettger of Lily’s on Main is a graduate of the Pennsylvania School of Culinary Arts with a specialty in pastry arts. He has an associate’s degree in culinary arts and restaurant management. He worked at Lily’s for five years before becoming the head chef a year ago.

The 2013 defending Iron Chef champ, Kelly Kapinos of Reflections, is a graduate of the culinary arts program at the Lancaster Career and Technology Center. She was the previous chef at Lily’s on Main for 12 years and is currently the general manager for Reflections.

In addition to the Iron Chef culinary challenge, guests will have the opportunity to sample and judge the People’s Choice Competition. Over 25 area restaurants and food purveyors will provide samples of their house specialties. Many students at Cocalico High School are producing artwork for the live benefit auction. Fine art and many other local artists’ work will be up for bid. Auctioneers Brad Wolf and Art Pannebecker will auction off other valuable items including pottery, hand-crafted furniture and more. An open judge’s seat for the Iron Chef challenge will be up for bid during the event auction.

Admission costs $15 per adult and $8 per student, grades K-12. Tickets can be purchased at the Cocalico School District’s Central Office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Tickets can also be purchased at Weavers Markets in Adamstown and Blue Ridge Communications in Ephrata or contact the Cocalico Education Foundation at 336-1413 or cocalico.org. Detailed event brochures can be found at area businesses.

This year’s Iron Chef serves as the kick-off for the Education Foundation’s iPad initiative, An Apple A Day.

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