Chefs Challenge – Boyne Mountain

5th Annual Chefs Challenge

Benefit for Challenge Mountain

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Save the date now as it is only a short time away.  One of the most exciting chefs challenges in the state of Michigan will be help at Boyne Mountain on April 20th and 21st of 2012.  There will be a few different challenges as well as some fun and educational sessions, exhibits, great food and celebrity judges.  If you’re looking for a fun-filled exciting event, don’t miss the 5th Annual Chefs Challenge for Challenge Mountain.

Chef teams from throughout Michigan present the state’s great agricultural diversity at its succulent finest, complimented by fine Michigan wines, microbrews and spirits, this is a true premier Michigan event.

Friday, April 20, 2012:

6pm: High School Competition, Vienna Room – Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa
High school teams prepare dishes using chicken, beef tenderloin, Koegel’s Italian sausage and a dessert.  $10 general admission includes unlimited tastes.  A cash bar is also available and entertainment provided.

Saturday, April 21, 2012:

9am-3pm: Food Seminars and Demonstrations, Civic Center - free admission

9am-3pm: Michigan Food Vendors, Civic Center 

11am-2pm: Taste of Michigan Competition, Civic Center
Featuring three exciting tasting categories: College and Universities, Center of the Plate (Professionals) and Dessert.  Cost is $25 for eight tickets good towards food and beverage tastings.  Additional tickets can be purchased in quantities of four for $15 or eight for $25.  Entry/tickets can be purchased at the door.  Chef teams, craft brewers, vintners and spirits distillers are judged by a team of celebrity judges and the public.

6:30pm-9pm: Chefs Challenge Cook-Off Dinner, Civic Center
The Chefs Challenge Cook-Off Dinner begins with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the program.  The evening is emceed by celebrity Chef Michelle Bommarito and includes a mouthwatering four-course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Jeff Minkwic and Executive Sous Chef Chad King of Boyne Mountain, plus two beverages.  Guests will enjoy watching the final cook-off between the top two professional winning chef teams.  Chefs Challenge Cook-Off Dinner tickets are limited. For a list of participating chef teams and additional information, please visit

Reserve your tickets in advance!  Purchase your dinner before April 1st at a discounted price of $60 per person ($75 after April 1st). 

The Four Course Dinner Menu:

Course 1:  Hoisin Glazed Duck Confit on Toasted Brioche garnished with Chives and Dry Roasted Peanuts

Course 2:  Michigan Farmers Salad with Crisp Michigan Apples, Dried Cranberries, Grated Truffle Jack Cheese and Candied Walnuts drizzled with Sleeping Bear Star Farms Thistle Honey Vinaigrette

Course 3:  Morel Mushroom dusted Pork Tenderloin topped with Morel Brandied Cream served with Patty Pan Squash and Fiddlehead Fern and Thyme Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Course 4:  Fresh Berry Compote En Croute with Grand Marnier Sabayon and Fresh Chocolate Shavings


Lodging is available at Boyne Mountain Resort starting at $67 for hotel accommodations in the Clock Tower Lodge and $118 in the Mountain Grand Lodge and Spa.  For reservations, call 800-462-6963.



Proceeds go to Challenge Mountain, the nation’s only adaptive recreational facility dedicated exclusively to people with special needs.

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