Chicago calls for chefs

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The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA), in partnership with HMSHost, is calling chefs – aspiring, connoisseur, or otherwise – from across the USA to enter a ‘Channel Your Inner Chef’ competition at O’Hare International Airport.

O’Hare’s Terminal 2 has been home to this live cooking competition for the past five years. Entrants are required to submit a video of themselves preparing their favourite original recipe. The deadline for entries is February 17, 2020.

Five finalists will be selected from the video entries and will receive a trip to compete in a live cook-off in front of an audience and a panel of judges at O’Hare on March 24, 2020.

During the unscripted, 30-minute cook-off, finalists will be asked to create an original recipe from a selection of ingredients available at the start of the event.

The winning dish will be featured on the menu of an O’Hare restaurant. The grand prize winner will also receive a VIP experience for two to the James Beard Awards Gala in Chicago on May 4, 2020, and two roundtrip airline tickets for a flight within the continental USA.

Over the years, the competition has helped launch the careers of a diverse group of ambitious, up-and-coming chefs – from a homemaker and culinary arts student to a local food blogger.

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Tara has worked for UKi Media & Events since 2013, initially as a freelancer. She has been a journalist for over a decade and has worked for a range of publications, including Personnel Today, Management Today and The Grocer.

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