Iron Chef Cocalico announces competitors

By on February 12, 2014

Chef Kelly Kapinos from Reflections was last year’s winner and will take on Chef Taylor Boettger from Lily’s on Main in Ephrata and Chef Joseph Church from Jimmy Kramer’s Peanut Bar of Reading.

Chef Kelly Kapinos from Reflections was last year’s winner and will take on Chef Taylor Boettger from Lily’s on Main in Ephrata and Chef Joseph Church from Jimmy Kramer’s Peanut Bar of Reading.

Serves as kick off for the Education Foundation’s iPad initiative, An Apple A Day

The Cocalico Education Foundation will host the eighth annual Iron Chef Cocalico Culinary event March 2 at the Cocalico High School from 1 to 5 p.m.

The event incorporates food, entertainment and award-winning artwork to raise funds for educational opportunities for students and adults in the Cocalico School District.

The Education Foundation funds classroom projects, early childhood education, technology initiatives and scholarships for graduating seniors. This year’s Iron Chef will be the kick off for the Education Foundation’s iPad initiative, An Apple A Day.

Chef Kelly Kapinos from Reflections in Leola, Chef Taylor Boettger from Lily’s on Main in Ephrata and Chef Joseph Church from Jimmy Kramer’s Peanut Bar of Reading will compete in a lively culinary competition for the title of Iron Chef. Chef Tom Gillin, host of Blue Ridge 11’s Cooking for Class and Chef Bill Scepansky of Smart Partner will bring a wealth of knowledge to this culinary extravaganza as the emcees of the competition. Corporate event sponsors and local food purveyors will supply many of the fresh ingredients, some of which will be a mystery to the chefs until the start of the competition.

Pictured is last year’s winning dish prepared by Kapinos from Reflections in Leola.

Pictured is last year’s winning dish prepared by Kapinos from Reflections in Leola.

In addition to the Iron Chef culinary challenge, guests will have the opportunity to sample and judge the People’s Choice Competition “Meatball Mania” with Dave Shefter of Penn Werner, Wernersville; Scott Snyder of Ephrata Community Hospital, Ephrata; Dave Kowalchick of Dave’s Diner, Adamstown; Chris Incorvia of Chris’s New York Pizzeria, Ephrata and Irene Pascal, Spring Glenn Fresh Foods, Ephrata. The winner of the People’s Choice will automatically be entered into next year’s Iron Chef challenge.

As always, a highlight of the event is the food tasting fair. Over 25 area restaurants and food purveyors will provide samples of their house specialties.

Many students at Cocalico High School are producing award-winning artwork, particularly in the handmade jewelry and ceramics programs. A limited number of these beautiful pieces will be donated to the Education Foundation 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. This year’s judges will include Mitch Arment, Don King and Ben Ash. An open judge’s seat for the Iron Chef challenge will be up for bid during the event auction.

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