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Chefs invited to take part in cooking competition at O’Hare Airport

Left: Channel Your Inner Chef competitors from 2016


Chefs from around the USA have been invited to take part in a live cooking competition taking place at Chicago O’Hare Airport in Illinois on March 21, 2017.

Organized by restaurateur HMSHost and the Chicago Department of Aviation, Channel Your Inner Chef will see five finalists compete in a live cook-off to win the grand prize of two airline tickets, a VIP trip to a Chicago-based awards ceremony, and the honor of having their dish served at O’Hare restaurant Bethesda.

To enter the competition, chefs from any background, aspiring or professional, will need to submit a two-minute video showcasing their outgoing personality as they prepare their favorite original recipe. The video and submission form must be uploaded by February 20, 2017, to

The timed cook-off challenges finalists to create an original recipe from a plentiful supply of ingredients made available to them at the start of the event. The winning dish will be featured on the menu of HMSHost-operated restaurant Bethesda for all travelers to enjoy. According to HMSHost, the 2016 winner’s Paella Bowl became an instant passenger favorite and was extended through the summer travel season.

Atousa Ghoreichi, vice president of marketing, HMSHost, said, “Channel Your Inner Chef is an innovative cooking competition that engages culinary enthusiasts to spotlight their cooking talents in front of a live audience. It’s an exciting way to not only showcase our support of culinary talent, but also HMSHost’s ongoing sponsorship of the James Beard Awards.”

The overall winner will receive two round-trip airline tickets to be used for any destination within continental USA as well a VIP trip for two to attend the James Beard Awards Gala on May 1, 2017, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Written by Dan Symonds

February 10, 2017


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