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Challenging Chefs Chosen for Nickle City Culinary Competitions

Nickel City Chef, Western New York’s premier live cooking competition, will host several chef challenges at Artisan Kitchens & Baths, located at 200 Amherst Street. 
Nickel City Chefs will go head-to-head with qualified challengers, creating dishes that feature many ingredients grown and raised in the region. Similar to Iron Chef and other culinary competitions you have seen on TV,  each event will feature two chefs, battling to create innovative dishes with a special secret ingredient. A panels of judges will rate each dish based on skill, flavor and creativity.  
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The first competition of the series of four took place on
Sunday, June 21st, when Nickel City Chef Krista Van Wagner of Curly’s
challenged Chef Brian
Mietus of Bacchus Wine Bar & Restaurant
. The judging panel
consisted of Kevin LoVullo (host of
Spiel the Wine on WWKB-1520AM),
Kristen Becker (comedian and host of the
Doin’ Time Stand-Up Comedy Showcase at Neitzche’s) and Alan Bedenko
(lawyer, BuffaloPundit blogger and restaurant reviewer for
Buffalo Spree magazine).

The secret ingredient featured was Eggland’s Best Egg.
Challenging Chef Mietus won by a hair with a score of 54, defeating Chef Van
Wagner by one point. 

The next challenge will take place on Sunday, July 19th,
featuring competitors Nickel City Chef JJ Richert of Torches
and Chef Joseph Fenush
III of Park Country Club
. The judge will include Nelson Starr (Buffalo Music Hall
of Famer and host of
All Access Pass), Lisa Tucker (publisher and editor of Edible Buffalo Magazine) and a
mystery judge to be announced on the day of the event. 

The third NCC challenge will take place on Sunday, August 23rd.
Nickel City Chef Paul Jenkins of Tempo
will battle Chef Bruce Wieszala of Verbena. The judging panels
will include Elizabeth Licata (editor of Buffalo Spree magazine), another
mystery judge and third judge to be announced. 

The
fourth and final culinary challenge will take place on Sunday, September 20th,
featuring Nickel City Chef Adam Goetz of Sample
versus Chef Kate
Elliott of the recently opened Juniper
. John Bourdage (founder of Bourdage
Consulting and host of
Wine, Wit and Wisdom on LCTV), a lucky member of the audience and
a third judge (to be announced) will make up the panel. 

Tickets for the upcoming events are nearly sold out, so purchase your tickets soon at Artisan Kitchens & Baths or Spoiled Rotten, located at 831 Elmwood Avenue. 
For more information on NCC or the culinary competitions, please visit Nickel City Chef
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