(North Mankato, MN) – A live cooking competition will pair professional chefs together with local personalities, with teams competing to become Top Chef.

South Central College’s Culinary Arts program and North Mankato Foundation will present the live cooking battle on Thursday, January 31 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  The event is a fundraising effort to help current SCC culinary arts students travel to Spain to experience another country’s food, history, and culture.

The Slice, Cut, Cook Culinary Arts Cooking Competition will feature four teams:

  • Virgil Emmert, Executive Chef for the Minnesota Vikings with Sarah Richards, President and CEO of Jones Medal
  • Lacey Hassing, Owner of Lacey’s Catering with Mark Dehen, North Mankato Mayor
  • Daryl Littlehead, Head Chef at Number 4 American Kitchen and Bar with Melissa Bradley, CFO of Snell Motors.
  • Lacey Lueth, Owner of Lola’s An America Bistro and Dr. Annette Parker, President of South Central College

All of the chefs are graduates of South Central College’s Culinary Arts program.   The competition will be emceed by local radio personalities George and Jess Blais of Country 103.5

Attendees of the event will enjoy appetizers and a cash bar will be available.  Tickets are $50 for general admission, $75 for premiere seating, and can be purchased here.

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