Focus On Renewal, Ohio Valley Hospital, and the Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant program have teamed up to coordinate a live cooking competition, dubbed “Steel Chef Cookoff”, that doubles as a job training program for teens. Set for Monday, March 12, the official cookoff features six teams battling it out chef-style in front of a live audience.
Each team is comprised of two area chefs and three to four teens. Bill Fuller, Corporate Executive Chef of Big Burrito Restaurant Group will emcee the event with Hal Klein of Pittsburgh Magazine and other local celebrity judges determining which team has what it takes to win the coveted title of “Steel Chef”.
Chef-led instruction, including basic cooking skills and culinary and food safety training are taking place from January through March, prior to the cookoff. Teens will work hands-on with chefs to develop the necessary skills to compete before a live studio audience at the cookoff. This experience can also lead to a potential career in the culinary field through chef mentorship.
- Chef Kevin Sousa from Superior Motors
- Chef Jess Rattani from Jambo Grill/KMSSA/Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium
- Chef Claudy Pierre from Savoy/Eminent Hospitality Group
- Chef Tom DeGori from Ohio Valley Hospital
- Chef Norr Nareedokmai from Silk Elephant/Bangkok Balcony
- Chef Keyla Nogueira Cook – Keyla Cooks Brazilian Pop-Ups
Tickets are $20; attendees will enjoy tastings from Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurants operating throughout the area. All funds raised from the event will help support future after school programming for teens in the StoRox community. Purchase tickets at forstorox.org/steel-chef/.