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May 16, 2013
Adam Pechal to host Saturday night chef's competition

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With knives and peelers on stand-by, some of Sacramento's top chefs will go mano a mano on Saturday night. The setting will be the Sterling Hotel on 13th and H streets, which will play host to the John Kerr Foundation Food & Wine tasting, which will include eats by Restaurant Thi13en, Grange, Zocalo, Mulvaney's B&L and more.

Along with tastings of northern California wines, the evening will feature a chef's competition hosted by Adam Pechal, the local restaurateur and chef who was a recent contestant on ABC's "The Taste." Pechal will also compete, and duke it out with Aimal Formoli of Formoli's Bistro, chef Paul Poore of Feeding Crane Farms and others. Pechal may even invite home chefs in the crowd to step up and compete.

Instead of the typical "Iron Chef" battle with a mystery ingredient, Saturday night's throwdown will focus on kitchen skills such as shucking oysters, peeling potatoes and dicing onions. The winner will get a bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey and a hearty serving of bragging rights.

"It's kind of like a chef skills triathlon," said Pechal. "We're just having fun with it. It'll be more slapstick than a big deal chef's competition."

Proceeds from the event will benefit the John Kerr Foundation, which assists people living with muscular dystrophy. The fun runs from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $35, and can be ordered via this link.

FROM THE BEE:

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