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Healthy Chef Challenge 2020 - Postponed


We have made the difficult decision to postpone the event following the recommendation of Governor Pritzker to reduce large gatherings to avoid the risk of COVID-19 infection.  We are working together with The Chopping Block on a new date. We hope to know that date in the coming weeks as the immediate coronavirus crisis dissipates. We will update you as soon as we confirm.

The Healthy Chef Challenge - the hottest event ticket in town - is back for another round. Who will be named this years top chef? 

Join us for our annual cooking fundraiser benefitting our Nutrition Education and Wellness programing while featuring the incredible cooking talent of Chicagoland chefs.  The event also kicks off our month-long CAN DO Community Challenge. 

What makes this event different than the cooking shows on tv? It's Iron Chef meets Food Pantry!! All the ingredients the contestants will be cooking with are items we typically receive at our food pantry, some more unique than others—think canned yams and cranberry sauce.

Check out our fantastic new location:

We are honored to partner with The Chopping Block to bring you a new, interactive experience in Chicago's best recreational cooking school. The party always starts and ends in the kitchen!

When: Saturday, April 4

Where: The Merchandise Mart Plaza,
             Suite 107, Chicago IL. 60654

Tickets: Premier, VIP, and General Admission Tickets Available


Emcee Monica Eng⁠—Food, Health and Curious City reporter at WBEZ

Chef Beverly Kim⁠—James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Parachute (Michelin-starred) and Wherewithall 
Chef Dana Cree⁠—Co-owner Pretty Cool Ice Cream and author of Hello, My Name is Ice Cream
Chef Lisa Counts—Executive Chef The Chopping Block

Chef Zita Smith-Stephens⁠—Owner Zita Cooks

Chef Cristiane Pereira⁠—Owner Mulata Kitchen and Coffee

Chef Nick Stewart—Head Chef One Lake Brewing

Judge Rex Huppke⁠—Chicago Tribune Columnist
Judge Pat Cobe⁠—Senior Editor Restaurant Business magazine

Judge Emily Hallock⁠—Food Researcher, Season 9 Top 10 Finisher of MasterChef
Judge Liz Abunaw⁠—Owner and Operator of Forty Acres Fresh Market

Learn more about becoming a sponsor for the Healthy Chef Challenge 2020. Click here.