Austin to throw down for best chef

Published 6:36 am Friday, March 9, 2012

Inspired by the Bravo show “Top Chef,” Austin’s Hormel Historic Home will be hosting its own, laid-back version of the show.

“Foodie Throwdown: Cuisines of the World,” will be held Saturday, March 10 at the Hormel Historic Home and will feature local chefs, cooks and food enthusiasts taking their shot at the worldly cuisine.

Five teams will tackle a different country or region which will be presented to the public later Saturday evening who will vote on their favorite dishes.

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“It seemed like a natural fit with Austin being a really good food town and us having the kitchen and banquet facilities,” said HHH executive director Laura Helle.

“Word has gotten out and we’ve gotten a good response.”

Two hundred tickets were made available to the public at $30 a piece and as of Tuesday more than 100 of those tickets have been sold.

“I don’t think they are going to last until the final day,” Helle said.

The idea for the event began about six months ago when the HHH board started brainstorming for new events they could host, settling on the idea of a food or cooking function.

“Competition shows are really hot,” Helle said. “There is really a lot of them so we took the idea and ran with it.”

Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the viewing window in the banquet area to open at 6:30 p.m. for the last half-hour. At 7 p.m. people will get the chance to taste the dishes and at 8:30 p.m. voting will be held.

Meet the chefs

•South of the Boarder: Jane Arhart and Kathy Fritz
•The Mediterranean and Europe: Chef Howie Crawford
•Asian Fusion: Dr. Gareth Hataye
•Taste of Italy: Chef Kristine Merten and Pastry Chef Barbara Dudley
•Moroccan Delight: Diane Sherman and Ilene Carroll