Reno Hosts Chef Showdown

RENO, NV -- Things were heating up at Czycz's Appliance Saturday. Eight local chefs put their skills to the test in the second annual "Chef Showdown."

It takes a lot of effort to make a good dish. From chopping, to stirring, to mixing, one misstep can ruin an entire meal. For eight competing chefs, the pressure was on in the kitchen.

Each chef was given four mystery ingredients, a good pantry of Nevada-grown products and just one hour to work magic in producing the best dish in the city.

"That's kind of what Reno Bites is all about, bringing the locals together, getting locals to eat at locally owned restaurants, and let everybody outside Reno know how great it is," says Clint Jolly, Co-Founder of Reno Bites.

The chefs also had some help. Students from the Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology gained hands-on experience in the heat of battle.

"It's not easy. It's rough," Dustine Bunyard, a sophomore at ACT, said. "It's hard to kind of work with chefs who are super experienced and you are kind of learning. It's tough but it's a lot of fun."

"Each chef has their own different mannerisms and how they work and how they do things with their menus are so they get the opportunity to see what these professional chefs can do," Fred Wright, instructor, said.

"I was actually impressed with how I handled myself," Sera Ford, a sophomore at ACT, said. "I thought I'd stress out more, but I think I kept calm well."

Wright hopes the students also gleaned some inspiration from the professionals.

"I definitely learned some crucial skills for culinary that I will take with me," Ford added.

This year's winner is Adam Bronson from Rapscallion. Pim Marshall from Lanna Thai Cafe won for best use of ingredients. The Chef Showdown was part of Reno Bites, a week-long celebration that showcases culinary talent in the area.

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