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Gospel Mission wins big with event that showcased Valley’s top chefs

Monday, March 22nd, 2010 | 7:07 pm

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By Kathy Michaels

Taste buds were tantalized and groundwork for a tradition was laid with the wrap up of the Stone Soup Chef challenge.

“It was a great event, we’re definitely doing it again,” said Ami Catriona, the Gospel Mission’s marketing and communications officer, of the competition that over a series of weeks pitted eight of this Valley’s top chefs against each other in an Iron Chef styled fundraiser.

In the final event, a gala that was held at the Delta Grand Saturday, it was Summerland chef Paul Cecconi’s coconut ginger seafood soup that won over judges, though not by much.  Bernard Casavant, of Manteo Resort, offered a spring-inspired blend that came up only one mark less on an 800-point scale that measured stairs of flavour, texture and presentation .

And, as Catriona explained, the big winner was really the mission which is now roughly $13,000 closer to buying a walk-in freezer and the beneficiary of some community relationships that will continue to pay off well into the future.

“This is one of the most unique things the Mission has done and now we have a new relationship with the culinary community,” said Catriona, who along with the Mission’s Eric Franz came up with the idea to hold the  challenge.

“It’s really exciting for us. There are a number of chefs  who want to come back and work in the kitchen.”

Positive spin-off on a more immediate nature will be evident tonight as leftover ingredients from Saturday’s gala will be evident at the Mission tonight.

“Seafood linguini is on tonight’s menu,” said Catriona. “Now we are able to treat our clients to the best they deserve.”

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