800 Judges. One Winner.

800 Judges. One Winner.

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Over here at WBEZ Events Central, the team is gearing up for our first Off Air event of the year as well as juggling the plethora of day-to-day gatherings and live programs including our recent Chicago Ideas Week offering “Be More Interesting” and our upcoming Election Night at Schubas. On deck is the Front and Center “Game of Life” as well as our Annual Evening at the Broadcast Studio.

Who is this prolific Events Team? We have code names now: Pink Fox (Vanessa Harris), Silverback (me), Condor (Chris Davila), The Weasel (Tyler James Greene) and Kodiak (Ray Teresi). We’re like a Tarantino film or a Saturday Cartoon Super Team. No capes, though.

And our first Off Air event of the season? The Chicago Chef Battle Royale!

Here’s the wind up: five chefs prepare ten dishes using five Goose Island Beers and fresh Whole Foods Market produce and protein; two Goose Island bars, complimentary shots of Cutty Sark Scotch and Root Beer Floats by Black Dog Gelato; foodie stories from Shantelle Jaimison and the Vocalo Music and Stories crew; and both World Music and interviews by Tony Sarabia and the WBEZ Morning Shift gang.

The pitch? You get to taste all ten dishes and judge which chef knocked it out of the park! Yes - half of the dishes are vegetarian so there’s plenty to eat for everyone and you are the judge of culinary excellence.

This is our fourth annual battle and it has just evolved to be bigger and better every year.

Who will be preparing the delicious dishes this year?

Kevin Swier from Ras Dashen cooking with Matilda
Thien Ly from Tank Noodle cooking with Sophie
Oz from Staropolska Restaurant cooking with Pere Jacques
Jaime Figueroa, Jr. from Borinquen Restaurant cooking with 312
Julia Campione from Munch cooking with Pepe Nero

It’s the most fun your mouth will have this year, I promise.

Off-Air Events: Chef Battle Royale
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 @ 6:00pm

Get tickets here (type in “WBEZ” if you’re a member for a discount!)

Hope we’ll see you there!