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Fifth annual Chef Prize to benefit Kids' Food Basket

Becky Vargo • Sep 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM

FRUITPORT TWP. — Local chefs, food vendors, wineries and breweries will be part of the fifth annual Chef Prize planned for 12-4 p.m. Sunday at Hampton Green Farm, 5440 E. Farr Road.

The charity event will bring together more than 20 of West Michigan’s top chefs and restaurants from Kent, Muskegon and Ottawa counties to benefit Kids’ Food Basket, a local non-profit organization.

Part of the event is a cooking competition that will be judged by Angela Cunningham of WZZM-TV, Shelly Irwin of WGVU Radio, Kim Van Kampen, Executive Chef Martial Noguier and Lupe Izzo.

“In the five years that we've hosted the event, it has grown in popularity and has benefitted many worthwhile causes,” said Van Kampen, the owner of Hampton Green Farms. “This year, the selection committee was eager to keep the focus of impact local. Kids’ Food Basket was a perfect fit.”

Kids’ Food Basket serves nearly 8,000 children at 46 elementary schools in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland. More than 240 volunteers each day help prepare, pack and deliver Sack Suppers, a well-rounded evening meal that provides nutrition critical to the development of the brain and body.

Food exhibitors will include: Noto’s, Se4sons Gastropub, Paisley Pig, Luna, Hearthstone, Third Street Grille, 18th Amendment, Righteous Cuisine, A&E BBQ, Rykes, Snug Harbor, New Holland Brewing Co., Rad Dads, Fish Monger's Wife, Goobers, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Desserts by Design/Consider it Done, CIM, Aldea Coffee and Creswick Farms.

Tickets are $50 in advance and at the door. The ticket includes all you can eat and drink, live music, a silent auction, ice sculpting, and chef demonstrations. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit www.chefprize2018.eventbrite.com.

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