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Saturday night Chopped Local in Rochester, Minnesota, was a successful fundraiser for Rochester area restaurants hit hard by Covid-19. Planned and presented by Wear Local, it was probably the best smelling, most drool inducing fundraiser in Rochester history.

Raising over $10,000 (according to the Wear Local Facebook page), 4 master chefs and four local celebs paired up and made a three course meal, one course at a time, being judged by three major Rochester foodies.

Who Won Chopped Local?

Chopped Winners - Chef Spicolli and Marcus Sherels!
Chopped Winners - Chef Spicolli and Marcus Sherels! ( screen shot from video below)

In the end, the winning team was Chef Spicolli and Marcus Sherels!

The people choice award (voted on Facebook during the live event) went to Bleu Duck Kitchen Chef  Erik Kleven and Local Celebrity Megan Kennedy.

Appetizer, entrée, and then desert, the chefs had 30 minutes to discover the food items they had to include, plan the meal, and then complete the cooking. Because time was running short, the desert round was only 20 minutes long.

The desert round included bacon, so, when I say best smelling event, I mean the fundraiser with the best aroma since Baconfest.

Chopped Local - The Photos

Saturday, July 31, 2021 Chopped Local raised over $10,000 for are restaurants struggling because of Covid-19. In the end, the winning team was Chef Spicolli and Marcus Sherels! while the peoples choice award (voted on Facebook during the live event) went to Bleu Duck Kitchen and Megan Kennedy.

James Rabe, from the Y-105FM Early Morning Show said, "It was so much fun to emcee an event again, and everyone there was so much fun. From the planners to the cooking teams, to the sponsors and the guests. People getting together to help each other out. Very cool."

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You can see the cooking and fun...

As always, if you have a comment, complaint, or concern about something I wrote here, please let me know: james.rabe@townsquaremedia.com

Listen to James Rabe and Jessica Williams 6a to 10a on Y-105 FM's Early Morning Show.

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