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CCOC 2011 Press release

Loosely based on the Food Network’s show “Iron Chef”, Celebrity Chef OC featured notable Orange County residents in a cooking competition. The Celebrity Chefs that participated included:

·        Mary Sue Allen, Vice President Human Resources, UPS, West Region

·        Dennis Firestone, Former Indianapolis 500 Race Car Driver

·        Rex Hudler, Former Major League Baseball Player & Angel Broadcaster

·        C.J. Luis, 12-year old, Chef Prodigy

·        Loretta Sanchez, Member, United States Congress

·        Chauncey Washington, NFL, Running Back

The Celebrity Chefs were paired with local professional chefs and had one hour to improvise and cook an appetizer and an entrée using the secret ingredient that was revealed at the beginning of the cooking competition. A distinguished panel of judges including Fifi Chao, Food and Restaurant writer for the Orange County Business Journal; Janet Nguyen, Chair, OC Board of Supervisors; Frank Mickadeit, Orange County Register Columnist, Janet Nguyen, Member, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Cathy Thomas, Food Editor, Orange County Register and Teri Williams, Publisher, Great Taste Magazine determined the winners based on taste, presentation and originality.

The winners were Rex & Jennifer Hudler and their sous chef Renzo Macchiavello from Renzo’s Taste of Peru in Irvine for best appetizer and Chauncey Washington and his sous chef, Mark Avila, from Mastro’s in Costa Mesa for best entrée.

Community SeniorServ salutes the following corporations that supported the event: Ernst & Young; Kaiser Permanente; Med Assets; CalOptima; Silverado Senior Living; Skilled Healthcare; Sysco Food Services and UPS.

Community SeniorServ is the largest provider of meals and support services to older adults in Orange County. More than 1,150 homebound clients are delivered three meals a day five days a week. In addition, another 1,500 older adults are served a nutritious lunch at one of 27 senior centers in central and north Orange County.


Contact: Phil Beukema                                                                          
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