Chef John Ondo (Lana - Charleston, SC) 2014 Cooking Well Competition

2014 Cooking Well Invitational a Success

Chef John Ondo (Lana - Charleston, SC) 2014 Cooking Well Competition
Oconee Memorial Hospital wins the 2014 Cooking Well Invitational.
Chef John Ondo (Lana - Charleston, SC) 2014 Cooking Well Competition

The Iron Chef Showdown, featuring celebrity Chef Marvin Woods as Emcee this past Thursday, Nov. 6 ignited all senses. Two Charleston-area chefs, Graham Dailey of Peninsula Grill and John Ondo of Lana Restaurant & Bar, battled head to head creating multiple dishes that filled the room with indescribable aromas. Each chef had to whip up dishes using three secret ingredients – snapper, tuna and butter beans. Brendan Clark of News 2 and Chef Marvin Woods auctioned off extra plates to hungry spectators as well as autographed bandannas. Over $900 was raised to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank. At the end of the food-filled night, Team John Ondo won over the judges and was proclaimed the winner of the 2014 Iron Chef Showdown. To view photos from the Iron Chef Showdown, click here

The main event, The Cooking Well Invitational, kicked off bright and early on Friday, Nov. 7. Culinary teams from nine hospitals across the state had 90 minutes to create three-course meals that satisfied not only the judges’ taste buds but also specific nutrition guidelines. Spectators were able to watch chefs as they mixed, chopped, sautéed and perfected their dishes and some even got a taste. After time was up, the dishes were presented to the judges – Chef Donald Barickman, Chef Ben Black and Chef Ward Morgan of the Culinary Institute of Charleston. While teams were busy cooking away in their kitchens, Chef Marvin Woods and Chef Kevin Mitchell of the Culinary Institute performed cooking demonstrations for the crowd, and Chef Woods talked about how he got his start in the business and his take on healthy cooking.  Food trucks, Roti Rolls and Outta My Heuvos, were also on the scene for hungry participants and spectators alike. After several grueling hours of taste testing, the judges made a difficult but necessary decision. They crowned Greenville Health System-Oconee Memorial Hospital as the winners with their Greek yogurt drop biscuit appetizer; artichoke, quail egg and Serrano ham entrée; autumn fruit dessert flatbread pizza; all washed down with a peach spritzer. Georgetown Hospital System came in second place, followed by Beaufort Memorial Hospital in third. To view photos from the culinary competition, click here.

 A huge "thank you" to our sponsors. This event would not have been possible without them – Sodexo, the Culinary Institute at Trident Technical College and Coca-Cola and all of our vendors.