Monday, October 11, 2010

Food Network Iron Chef Michael Symon vs. Local Chefs at the Calvin on Friday 11/5 to benefit Friends of Children

The Friends of Children’s Iron Cook returns to Northampton’s Calvin Theater on Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 7PM.  Celebrity Iron Chef, Michael Symon (above, click for high res) of the Food Network and famed restaurants Lola and Lolita in Cleveland and Michael Simon’s Roast in Detroit, will square off against one of three Pioneer Valley chefs in a culinary duel.  The trio includes:  Michaelangelo Westcott from the Gypsy Apple in Shelburne Falls, Maggie Zaccara from Hope & Olive, and Magpie Wood-fired Pizzeria in Greenfield and Greg Monette from Chandler’s Restaurant in Deerfield.  The local chefs were chosen by popular demand through printed ballots in the Daily Hampshire Gazette and online voting through the Friends of Children’s website

“What a great event the Iron Cook competition is, and more importantly it contributes to such a worthy cause." said Harlan Kent, CEO of The Yankee Candle Company, the event’s platinum sponsor. "Yankee Candle is proud to support Friends of Children and all the important work they do to improve the lives of children in Western Massachusetts.”  
Calphalon pots & pans will be heated in the twin Viking kitchens once again on the culinary battlefield with the secret ingredient being revealed only moments before the gas gets turned up.  Our two local celebrity judges will be Sen. Stan Rosenberg and Northampton’s Mayor Claire Higgins.  One seat on the judges panel will be auctioned off to the audience and the lucky winner will have the opportunity to taste and score the dishes created by the chefs. 

As with the four previous Iron Cook events, all proceeds go to support the child advocacy work of the Friends of Children organization.  These programs are vital to the health and well-being of many of our region’s vulnerable children.

Tickets can be purchased through the Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686 or online at  and are $25 or $75 for Premium Seating, which includes an autographed cookbook from Chef Michael Symon. 

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