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Sixth Annual Chef Challenge hosted at Minneapolis Farmers Market

Local chefs face off to become next Master of the Market

Aug. 7, 2017

Set your kitchen timers, it’s time to cook! During National Farmers Market Week two local chefs are preparing to compete for the coveted title, Master of the Market 2017.

Competing chefs will have 20 minutes to shop the market and search for fresh ingredients before the challenge begins. From there they will be given 30 minutes to cook a one-of-a-kind dish from their pile of market finds.

“Buying from your neighborhood farmers markets helps boost the local economy, increases sustainability and provides shoppers with some of the best, most nutritious foods available,” said Bonnie Dehn, Board Chair of the Central Minnesota Vegetable Growers Association. “This event proves how easy it is to prepare farm-fresh goods.”

Event details

The Sixth Annual COUNTRY Financial® Chef Challenge will take place at the Minneapolis Farmers Market at 312 East Lyndale Ave. N. on Saturday, Aug., 12, at 10 a.m. with Paul Koffy Morning Drive Host from BUZN 102.9 FM serving as Master of Ceremonies. A panel of celebrity judges will evaluate the chefs’ dishes based on taste, presentation, creativity and adaptability to recreation by viewers at home.

About the chefs

Chef Gerard Klass: Owner of Klassics a brand that fuses together hip-hop and soul food. Klass also serves as the Regional Chef for Kaskaid Hospitality which owns Crave restaurants and includes Union Restaurant, Avenida Cocina & Bar, BLVD Kitchen & Bar, and others.

Chef Hector Ruiz: Chef and owner of Costa Blanca, Café Ena, Rincon 38 and La Fresca. Chef Ruiz incorporates his knowledge of Latin spices into many of his dishes and infuses them with a French style.

“The chefs bring such interesting experience and training to the table, I’m sure they’ll create masterful and delicious dishes,” said Jeff Picco, Agency Manager at COUNTRY Financial. “This is always a popular family-friendly event Minnesotans won’t want to miss.”

Visit our booth, get a bag and enter to win

COUNTRY Financial representatives will host a booth at the market where visitors can enter for a chance to win gift cards to the competing chefs’ restaurants. Plus booth goers can walk away with a FREE reusable COUNTRY Financial and Minneapolis Farmers Market canvas bag. This year’s bag was designed by Jessica Lundquist of Anoka-Hennepin Regional High School.

About COUNTRY Financial®

COUNTRY Financial is a marketing name for COUNTRY Life Insurance Company®, COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Company® and their respective subsidiaries, located in Bloomington, IL. COUNTRY Financial serves about one million households and businesses throughout the United States and offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services.