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North Salem Chef Returns to ‘Battle of the Chefs’ in Ridgefield

Chefs Paul Desiano (formerly Cello/Plate, now Ridgefield Academy, Ridgefield), Mike Anastacio (Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish, North Salem), and Germano Minin (The Village Tavern, Ridgefieldand) Credits: Founder's Hall

NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— The Battle of the Chefs returns to Founders Hall in Ridgefield on Sunday, June 4, from 4 to 7 p.m.  In a culinary showdown similar to those featured on television shows such as Top Chef and Chopped, the three seasoned chefs will match sharp knives and quick wits for the benefit of Founders Hall.

Chefs Mike Anastacio (Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish, North Salem), Paul Desiano (formerly Cello/Plate, Ridgefield), and former Chopped contender Germano Minin (The Village Tavern, Ridgefield), will compete to create an entree from a basket of surprise ingredients, in just 60 minutes, in front of a live audience.  A panel of food experts, including Ridgefielder Brendan Walsh (Dean of Culinary Arts, the Culinary Institute of America) and Ron DeSantis (Director of Culinary Excellence, Yale University) will judge the chefs on their creativity, craftsmanship and culinary results as the crowd cheers the chefs on.

As part of the entertainment, culinary enthusiasts can mingle with the chefs before and after the entrée competition and get close to the action to watch their techniques and skills as the fast-paced contest unfolds. Food and beverages (including an open bar) will be bountiful throughout the event. Guests will taste and judge appetizers created by these three notable chefs, visit sampling stations featuring locally-sourced gourmet foods and drinks, enjoy hors d’oeuvres that feature the competition’s secret ingredients as well as signature desserts from all three chefs. To taste the chefs’ entrees, guests may buy a seat at a chef’s table (limited number available).

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“It’s my favorite event of the year,” says past attendee Ellen Ross. “It’s just fantastic that these incredibly talented people will give of themselves and share their craft and most delicious food with us.”  Last year’s Battle of the Chefs raised more than $43,000 for Founders Hall, a donor-supported education and recreation center for people age 60 and older located at 193 Danbury Road in  Ridgefield.

Tickets are $100 for general viewing, or $500 for a seat at the chef’s table, which will support life-long learning, fitness and fun for more than 3,600 people.

For more  information on Battle of the Chefs, visit or call Founders Hall at 203-431-7000.  

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