Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Montana Chef of the Year Awards

I had the great honor of being the MC at the Montana Chef of the Year Awards recently. The gentleman above is the outgoing Chef of the Year and President of the Montana Chef's Association, Tom Campbell. Such a wonderful and gracious new friend! We met at the HuHot Mongolian Grill's national recipe judging.

As Chef of the Year, Tom's reign ended in providing his team's culinary expertise to help raise scholarship funds for students in Montana to attend culinary art school. And he asked me to help! I had so much fun watching them put together displays like the oysters on a half shell above. The lighting through the ice is spectacular.

People bought tickets to a Spanish themed dinner that was held at the Lake Missoula Cellars. We had a silent auction, salsa and tango dancers from the Downtown Dance Cooperative, and Salsa Loca (a local band) played. All this to fund the scholarships.

One of my sponsors, Dana Wheeler of the Shear Art Salon, donated a Spanish hairstyle for me:-) Then she also does photography and came to the event to capture it on film for Tom Campbell.

And announcing the new Chef of the Year for Montana, Tom Seigle!

Congratulations to both the new Chef of the Year and to the scholarship winners for 2008/09!

One tidbit for anyone traveling through Missoula, MT is that the Lake Missoula Cellars offers luncheons from 2p-8p Tuesday through Saturdays and holds concerts every Friday night! Excellent outing or romantic moment for you and your sweetie.

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