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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Calling all Chefs! Compete in Chefs under FIRE! Nov. 30th

 Hey Aspiring chefs! We've got an event for you! Think you can cook up a storm?  Enter this contest and show off your knife skills!

Former Iron Chef Challengers Judge Chefs Under Fire™ In Austin
Chefs David Bull, Tyson Cole, and Kent Rathbun put down their pans and pick up pens to judge cooking competition

AUSTIN, TX (October 8, 2009)  If you've ever wanted to feel the heat of a live cooking competition, while simultaneously getting advice from Texas' three Iron Chef challengers, mark your calendar for November 30th. Three Iron Chef night fierce competition! What's the secret ingredient?  Passionate foodies who want to show what they can cook!

Hosted at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin by Keeper® Collection, LLC and the Plate & Vine Interactive Cookbook, Chefs Under Fire is a competition open to contestants nationwide culminating on the evening of November 30th with a timed cookoff between selected contestants and judged by former Iron Chef America challengers David Bull, Tyson Cole, and Kent Rathbun.  This event marks the first time all of these chefs will appear together in a public event of this type.

Chefs Bull, Cole, and Rathbun have all donated recipes to the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas' Plate and Vine Interactive Cookbook, created in conjunction with Keeper Collection.  Each chef has chosen one of his recipes from this cookbook and will challenge potential contestants to prepare a dish using the guidelines outlined by the chef.  Each entrant will pay a $20 entry fee, choose which dish they'd like to prepare, and submit their unique recipes via email, along with photos, and/or short videos to the respective chef.  The chefs will each narrow down their field to three finalists, who will have a limited amount of time to prepare their dish the evening of the 30th before presenting to the panel of judges.  Each chef will announce their final winner live at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center that evening.

A limited number of tickets will be available to the public for the event, available for purchase online at Keeper Collection's website.  A reception for attendees and contestants will begin at 6:30 PM in the Tejas Restaurant featuring food prepared and overseen by Executive Chef Josh Watkins, along with wine for the attendees to enjoy.  The competition will start promptly at 8:00 PM.

"We're thrilled to be hosting such a unique event," says Dana Andrae of the AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, "we have an ideal venue not only because of our entertaining areas and kitchen space, but also because our technology onsite allows us to do live feeds of the event-in-progress to multiple viewing locations. Plus, we're thrilled to be able to show off the culinary talents of our staff that evening before the Chefs Under Fire finalists take the stage."

For more information and to purchase tickets and entries visit

About Keeper Collection & the Plate & Vine Interaction Online Cookbook:
Frustrated by recipes that provide inaccurate quantities, include difficult to follow directions, and produce disappointing and unflavorful results, Keeper Collection created an approach to cooking that is user-friendly, time-efficient, and saves money.  Traveling the world to find award-winning, passionate chefs and authentic recipes, Keeper Collection's interactive cookbooks bring culture into the kitchen.  Being coined as the "future of cookbooks", Keeper Collection cookbooks are on the cutting edge of culinary and viticulture trends.  Keeper Collection also works in partnership with trusted travel companies and our award winning chefs in offering unique culinary packages for learning and vacation. 

About The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas:
The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas is a dynamic, statewide charitable Foundation created to inspire excellence and education in the culinary and viticulture arts. The Foundation fulfills its mission through scholarships, grants and the development of educational programs and projects. These charitable works, including the Texas Sommelier Conference, Stephan Pyles Culinary Scholarship and affordable community-wide wine and food classes impact students, professionals, future chefs, winemakers and the general community on both state and national levels.

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