Chefs challenge looms in Finger Lakes

Top photo by William M. Dowd (who is seen below)

If you plan to be in the Finger Lakes next week, you may want to pop in at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua, just south of Rochester.

There, on Wednesday, March 7, the New York Beef Industry Council is sponsoring a free, public "Iron Chef"-style event whose outcome will be decided by a vote of visitors who get a chance to sample the chefs' work.

The event, called the "Veal Platinum Plate Competition," will result in a $1,000 people's choice award to one of seven competing chefs as well as a $2,000 award for the winner of the professional judges' thumbs-up.

The Wine & Culinary Center, which opened last summer on the shore of Canandaigua Lake at 800 South Main St., is a non-profit center for education concerning New York wines and foods. Details of the event are available by calling (585) 394-7070.

Having cooked in the huge kitchen last August (as seen here) as part of a team preparing the dinner for fellow judges and myself on the eve of the annual New York Wine & Food Classic, I can attest to the excellent facilities afforded the visiting chefs.

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