AUGUSTA — Local chefs plan to go head-to-head in the Spectrum Generations 10th annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, set for 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at Augusta Elks, 397 Civic Drive.

The event will feature three local chefs who will prepare signature dishes based on the Meals on Wheels guidelines and standards.

This year’s featured chefs include Ben Ramsdell, culinary coordinator and chef educator from MaineGeneral’s Peter Alfond Prevention & Healthy Living Center in Augusta; Shaun Killeen, head chef from The White Duck Brew Pub in Winthrop; and Edward McGregor, head chef from The Front Room in Portland.

Their signature dishes will be voted on by attendees and reviewed by a panel of judges, including Heidi Parent, previous contestant on Hell’s Kitchen, and Monica Castellanos, owner of Maine Local Market in Hallowell.

The three courses prepared by the chefs will be served to attendees by local celebrities, including Matt James and Lizzy Snyder from the morning show on 92 Moose. The event will be emceed by Connor Clement, TV host (MaineLife Media) and sports reporter (ESPN).

The winning dish will be incorporated into Spectrum Generations’ Meals on Wheels program.


Attending guests also can attend the reception with appetizers; entertainment will be provided by The Pam Tyler Trio. Lori Dumont from The Parsonage House in Vassalboro will provide two of her most popular desserts. A cash bar and silent auction will be available throughout the evening.

Tickets cost $75 and are required for this fundraising event.

All proceeds will support the programs and services of Spectrum Generations, including Meals on Wheels, which utilizes staff and volunteers to prepare and deliver approximately 5,500 meals each week to 1,100 homebound older adults and adults with disabilities in communities throughout Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset and Waldo counties, and the Cumberland County towns of Brunswick and Harpswell.

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