Spectrum Generations’ ninth annual Celebrity Chef Challenge was held Sept. 20. From left are Sous Chef John Brady, Chef Taylor Stanton, Sous Chef Philip Aldrich, Chef Dannielle Aldrich, Sous Chef Patrick Austin and Chef Heidi Parent. Contributed photo

AUGUSTA — Three local chefs competed Sept. 20 in Spectrum Generations’ ninth annual Celebrity Chef Challenge.

Chef Heidi Parent, Capital Area Technical Center culinary instructor, received the Judge’s Choice Award, and Chef Taylor Stanton, owner of The Salty Moose received the People’s Choice Award. Chef Dannielle Aldrich of The Blind Pig Tavern also created a dish.

As winner of the Judge’s Choice award, Parent’s dish — Korean BBQ smoked chicken thighs topped with an Asian vegetable scallion pancake and garnished with pickled cantaloupe-jalapenos and curly scallions — will be incorporated into Spectrum Generations’ Meals on Wheels program.

All together, the Celebrity Chef event raised $6,728 to support Spectrum Generations, Central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging. The paddle auction raised $2,125, enough to purchase 250 weeks’ worth of meals for 100 homebound older or disabled adults.

Spectrum Generations’ staff, volunteers and community members came together to make the event possible. Shannon Moss, public information officer at the Maine Department of Public Safety, emceed the event, and Jared “Jedi” Baker from Maine Cabin Masters, Shawn McLaughlin from State Lunch, and author and retired Colby College dean Earl Smith judged the three dishes.

Several local businesses donated $5,529 worth of food and goods to the event, including Performance Foodservice, Hello, Good Pie Co., Emery Farm, Field of Greens, Cohen On The Meadows Catering, Snow Pond Center for the Arts and Fiore Olive Oils and Vinegars.

For more information, visit spectrumgenerations.org.

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