Clarke's Ultimate SoNo Shoot Out

The Clarke Culinary Center in South Norwalk was the site of The Ultimate SoNo Chef Shoot Out on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Master Chocolatier Fritz Knipschildt, founder of Café Chocopologie was crowned champion by the judges, while the guest ballots gave the "People's Choice" award to Matt Storch, head chef of SoNo's Match restaurant.

The iron-chef-style competition pitted the culinary talents of these two award-winning local chefs against each other and was enjoyed by just 40 guests. The Ultimate SoNo Chef Shoot Out required the chefs to create three different dishes (an appetizer, entrée and dessert) all including root vegetables as an essential ingredient. A distinguished panel of judges and guests tasted the recipes and enjoyed wine tasting and specialty cocktails from the chef's restaurants. The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County was the beneficiary of the proceeds.

Celebrity judges included Chef Prasad Chirnomula, owner of Thali, Dina Cheney, author of Tasting Club and contributor to Everyday with Rachael Ray, as well as Marianne Howatson, CEO and publications director of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens Magazine.

Another Chef Shoot Out is in the planning stages for 2011.

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