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Rob Williams: 'Hands up! Utensils down!'

CINCINNATI (FOX19) -

I’m a sucker for a food competition show. I watch them all: Chopped, Top Chef, Hell’s Kitchen are just a few of them. 

I had the chance to judge a food competition recently during the Cincinnati Food and Wine Classic with three Cincinnati area chefs taking part. 

Allison Hines, the owner of Butcher Betties Meats and Sweets at Friendly’s Market.

Suzy DeYoung, who owns La Soupe -  A self-described French roadside soup shack that champions against food waste.  It also donates a bowl of soup for every quart sold.

Nick Markwald, the man behind Hen of the Woods potato chips, won. He’s opening a new restaurant soon in OTR with the same name. 

The event was hosted by Andrew Knowlton.  He’s the restaurant editor at Bon Appetit magazine and was also a very tough judge on “the Next Iron Chef.”  Turned out to be a super nice guy which was a nice surprise. 

First they were judged on their skills, like cleaning artichokes and breaking down a salmon.  They had fifteen minutes for that. 

Then they had to use the prepped ingredients in a dish that was made for three judges.  Q102’s Holly Morgan and Joanne Drilling, dining editor for Cincinnati Magazine, joined me as judges.  

I got to count the chefs down and say, “Hands up, Utensils down!“  That was awesome.  All three dishes were fantastic. 

P&G made a donation to each chef's favorite charity and donated $3,000 on behalf of Nick to the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation.

The 2nd annual Cincinnati Food + Wine Classic was great this year.  We are lucky to have it in our city.  I know it’s expensive, but If you’re a foodie you may want to check it out.  

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