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Chef Stacy believes that cooking from scratch and using the best ingredients are the secrets to preparing delicious and memorable meals. She has created dozens of classes for the home chef and teaches students how to master culinary techniques and recipes in just one session. Read on to see what she's dishing up for The Oakland Press today....

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Local Chefs to Clash at Cooking Competition in Royal Oak

This year, the Mirepoix Cooking School & Arts, Beats & Eats are cooking up a delicious competition, featuring 8 of Metro-Detroit’s “top chefs”. A new festival attraction, this exciting cook-off, the Mirepoix Duel, will kick-off at the Mirepoix Cooking School on August 22, with the final rounds during the Labor Day Weekend celebration on the International Stage.

Mirepoix, a local recreational cooking class facility, owned by Holiday Market, is known for their hands-on classes and private events. The Duel is Mirepoix’s signature teambuilding event, which has hosted clients such as Detroit Diesel, Sun Communities, Yahoo!, and Aol.

Local chefs include the chefs of restaurants such as Wolfgang Puck at the MGM Grand, Atlas Global Bistro, Toasted Oak, The Majestic Cafe, Joe's Produce & Gourmet Catering, Table 5, The Townsend Hotel, and Ronin.

The first round will begin at 11:00 AM in the Mirepoix classroom. At the end of round one, two chefs will be eliminated. The six remaining chefs will start the second round at 2:30 PM and two more chefs will be eliminated. The challenge, based on a secret ingredient, will add an element of suspense for spectators and the chefs alike, as the chefs will not be informed of the exact nature of the challenge in advance. Chefs will be provided with a list of “pantry” or “stock” ingredients, as well as a Holiday Market gift card to make the remainder of the purchases necessary to complete their courses at the competition.

After two elimination challenges at Mirepoix, the four remaining chefs will enter the final two rounds which will take place on the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats International Stage, Friday, September 2 and Sunday, September 4. The International Stage will be located at the corner of Sixth and Lafayette Streets within the festival footprint.

Friday's challenge begins at 2:30 PM and two of the four competing chefs will be eliminated. The chef who fares better of the two eliminated will win a portion of the $10,000 cash prize. The two finalists of this challenge will move on to Sunday's final elimination round. The final face off of the last two chefs takes place Sunday, September 4 at 2:30 PM.


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