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Kosher Food Cook-Off Sponsored by Chabad

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Clinton Twp., NJ - Chabad of Hunterdon County is set to host its first-ever Kosher Food Cook-Off. Though it won’t be airing on the Food Network, it promises to offer up just as much excitement and delicious food as Chopped or Top Chef. The event will feature two prominent chefs from the kosher cooking world: Dovid Solomon and Nachum Zager.

Solomon, a former head chef at top kosher restaurants in Montreal, lives to create new vision in kosher cuisine. He has worked with some of the “best in the business” of the kosher culinary world and is currently head chef for the Rabbinical College of America, while also catering upscale weddings and Bar / Bat Mitzvahs.

Zager, the go-to chef for upscale events in New York and Arizona, brought his artistic flair to revolutionize and popularize American kosher cuisine in Israel and the Middle East. He is currently the administrator for Rolling Hills Care Centers, where he ensures kosher food is always available upon request, and freelances as a chef for high-end steak houses and weddings.

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“This is a great opportunity to bring all food lovers and individuals from the community together for a social night of fun, competition, and delicious food and drink,” says Rabbi Eli Kornfeld, Director of Chabad of Hunterdon. “We want to open up the world of high-end kosher to more people and make it accessible. It’s a cutting edge field right now that’s really hip for anyone who’s a foodie or loves to cook.”

The Cook-Off will be hosted and judged by well-known foodie Chani Apfelbaum of busyinbrooklyn.com. Apfelbaum, who has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, The Today Show Blog, The Meredith Vieira Show, and News 12 Brooklyn, is a culinary school alumna, food blogger, recipe developer and food photographer.

“Being a chef means food is your passion, and you are constantly striving to keep with the times and get better at what you do,” Apfelbaum posted on her blog. “It means you experiment with cooking techniques and ingredients and you’re never satisfied with the status quo.”

As Apfelbaum emcees the event, guests will enjoy an open bar, sushi, and finger food, while watching Solomon and Zager as they battle head-to-head creating delicious kosher dishes. Joining Apfelbaum to judge the dishes will be Nikolaos Renieris, owner of Nik’s Restaurant Group.

Which chef will pack more culinary punch? Find out for yourself at the Cook-Off, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday, Feb. 21st at 6 p.m. at Nik’s 202, located at 793 Rt. 202 North in Bridgewater, NJ. Admission is $36 per person and includes open bar, sushi, and appetizers.

For more information or the reserve tickets for the Cook-Off call 908-238-9002, or log on to www.jewishhunterdon.com.

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