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Baltimore chefs compete for a cause

Posted at 4:45 PM, Mar 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-10 18:33:24-05

Zack Mills. Chad Gauss. Ben Lefenfeld. Patrick "Opie" Crooks. If you're a Baltimore foodie, you recognize these names.  They're the chefs at some of the most popular and successful restaurants in the area.

On April 23, these four men will put on their competitive chefs hats, battling it out to be crowned the first champion of "The Supper" cooking competition, benefiting the St. Agnes Hospital Foundation.

"The Supper was the answer to our question 'What can we do to support St. Agnes Hospital that is not your traditional black tie gala?'"Jennifer Hackett said.

The chefs will duel in a three-course meal.  The winning chefs from the first two courses will compete in the third course to be dubbed the champion. Emcees and judges are Bryan Voltaggio, a "Top Chef" finalist and local restaurant owner, and Julia Bainbridge, a local food writer.

There will also be a special panel of eight judges, who will pay a special price to sit on stage with the chefs and taste their food.

"Baltimore is a foodie town we're so lucky to have a number of amazing restaurants and having four local celebrity chefs sign on to partner with the Supper, we're so excited about it," Hackett said.

And the chefs are excited to be cooking for a cause.  Chef Ben Lefenfeld, who recently opened La Cuchara in the Clipper Mill neighborhood, said he's staying calm and cool heading into the competition.

"We change our menu every single day so a mystery basket food challenge is kind of right up our alley.  It's what we walk into every morning," he said.

"The Supper" cooking challenge is taking place Saturday April 23 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.  For ticket information, click here.

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