Inspired by the hit tv show, Chopped, Community Leaders will form teams of 3-5 people to compete for the title of American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge Cooking Up Hope Fall Champion on September 14th and September 24th. Team members can be professional chefs, amateur foodies, home cooks or people looking to experience the thrill of competition for a good cause. Teams are encouraged to raise a minimum of $2,500 prior to the competition to benefit the Hope Lodge. Teams can register for the competition by clicking the “Join” button and creating a new team. This team page will serve as the fundraising page for Cooking Up Hope.
Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be outside of their home community. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others in common living space areas. Eliminating the concerns of where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows residents and their caregivers to focus on treatment and defeating cancer. In 2018, nearly 500 patients and 650 caregivers stayed at the Hope Lodge in Minneapolis.
Cooking Competition Rules: The competition will take place in the kitchens at the Richard M. Schulze Hope Lodge in Minneapolis. Each team will be assigned a kitchen stocked with cooking utensils, a stove, oven, microwave and other appliances. Each team will prepare five plates for each of three courses, appetizer, main and dessert. The secret ingredient(s) for each course will be provided to each team. Any additional ingredients the team would like to use for each dish will be provided by the Cooking Up Hope teams. The secret ingredient(s) for each course will be disclosed to the teams two weeks prior to the competition.
Competing teams can load into their assigned kitchens beginning at 4:00 p.m. Teams can begin cooking their dishes at 4:30 p.m. Neither ingredient preparation nor cooking is allowed until 4:00 p.m. Courses will be served and judged beginning at 7:00 p.m. (appetizer), 7:30 p.m. (main) and 8:00 p.m. (dessert).
Judging: Plates will be judged by a panel comprised of local celebrities, patients, survivors and caregivers. Each course will be judged separately on a point scale. The winning team will be selected based on total points earned. Points are determined based on taste, creativity and presentation at the discretion of the judges. The Cooking Up Hope Competition Cup will be awarded to the winning team.
September 14, 2020 Teams:
1. What Would Julia Make?
2. Xcel's Kitchen
September 24, 2020 Teams: