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VERO BEACH -- Chefs participating in the fifth annual Vero's Top Chef Challenge competition and fundraising event to benefit the Homeless Family Center have been identified.
This year's event will once again be a two-day event, including the qualifying event on Jan. 28 at the Vero Beach Elks Lodge No. 1774, and the top chef challenge finale Feb. 25. at The Club at Pointe West. The event will focus on the theme, "It's All About the Food and the Families."
Competing chefs include:
Michael Amaral, Capt Hiram's; Christopher Bireley, Osceola Bistro; Eric Boscovich;,The Moorings Club; Tyler Colby, Bent Pine Golf Club; Mitch Dembrowski, Regency Park; Antonio Estremera, The Wave Kitchen & Bar at Costa de Este Beach Resort; Albert L. Fort, Disney's Vero Beach Resort; Greg Hepler, Pelican Diner; Lou Kolbauer, Wild Thyme Catering; Fernando Pons, La Bodeguita de Vero; Taylor Rye, Quail Valley Golf Club; Colin Givanniello and Bruce Turner, The Tides.
Back by popular demand, the qualifying event will again include a dessert competition. The winner of the competition will prepare the dessert for the top chef challenge finale.
The three competing dessert chefs are: Joe Faria and Jessica Letts, Classy Cupcakes and Lori Young, Sweet Creations.
The chefs will be under the direction of Andrew Keller, the executive chef of The Club at Pointe West and 2011 Vero Top Chef champion and two-time finalist.
"As a result of the participation of some of the finest chefs in Indian River County and the attendance of our amazing supportive community, we are able to raise funds to feed, house and job counsel the residents of the Homeless Family Center," said Erin Clinton event co-chairwoman.
"The sum of $15 will feed one resident for one week which is 21 meals or 72 cents per meal. Thirty-one dollars provides one week of food, housing and job counseling for one resident."
The challenge finale will continue using "blind tasting" by guests and judges at the event to ensure unbiased voting based on taste, creativity and presentation of the entrées.
Qualifying event tickets cost $40 per person and Vero's Top Chef Challenge cost $175 per person. Only 140 tickets for the challenge finale will be available.
Tickets are now available for purchase online at www.HomelessFamilyCenter.com.