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The national food sport series, Culinary Fight Club (CFC), has announced the first  competition in 2020 will be in Chicago on January 31 at the Washburn Culinary Institute in conjunction with For the Love of Chocolate Foundation.  

On Friday 1/31 ten chefs will compete for the champion title of creating the most gourmet Savory Chocolate dish.  A few of the noteworthy competitors are Chef Paul Young 2015 CFC Chicago Bougie Burger Champ and Host of the FYI Network’s Kids Cooking Show Stove Tots, Chef Lance Avery “The Bacon Sausage King” Owner of Big Forks Brand and a four time Culinary Fight Club Champ, Chef Geri Clay Chef Owner/ GMC Food Services Inc and Chef Dominque Graves, Chef. Owner of ChiTown Mild Sauces is back in the ring after her December Chicago Sip+Bite competition, Greg and Kristina Gaardbo, Pitmaster, Owners of Chicago Culinary Kitchen and Big Bad BBQ Crawl and  Melissa Dupart Chef Owner of For the Love of Food Catering.  

A total of ten local Chicago competitors will be cooking for the judges and audience votes to advance to the CFC Annual Championship Culinary Fight Fest and The Final Plate event for the chance to win $10,000 in cash and prizes on September 13, 2020.

Local Chefs will be challenged to create the most creative gourmet savory chocolate dishes using sponsored products like Chef Rubbe , Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, Fresh Origins and more.  Ticket holders will be offered sampling from each chef to vote on their favorite bites, samples from eleven vendor exhibitors, light fare hors d’ oeuvres by Washburne Catering, one hour of beer,  gaming by US Poker and Casino Parties, music entertainment all while watching judges select the 2020 Culinary Fight Club Chicago Savory Chocolate Champion.  The CFC Cheferee will make sure the chefs are cooking by the rules.  This year, CFC chefs battle across an expanded list of 29 cities including Long Grove, IL, Seattle, WA, Woburn, MA, Fairhope, AL, Minneapolis, MN and San Francisco, CA. CFC also added an International Competition, the first Catch and Cook Series,  to  be hosted at Mount Irvine Bay Resort in Tobago.  Each Culinary Fight Club event benefits Fight2Feed, a non-profit that aims to feed the hungry and reduce food waste.

“It’s so exciting to see these passionate chefs battle it out to be named the Grand Champion Competitor of Culinary Fight Club,” says Culinary Fight Club founder, Jiwon McCartney. “We have planned a deliciously exciting Culinary Fight Club Food Sport year in 2020!


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