A handful of talented local chefs will soon compete in an international cooking competition – Battledish Des Moines. According to the Battledish Des Moines website, Battledish is: “the world’s biggest chef competition taking place in cities around the world. Local chefs compete by presenting their creations and having the public cast their vote on who will be crowned King.”
Battledish Des Moines will be held on Saturday, October 5th, from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. starting at the Court Ave Lofts (in the community room) located at 308 Court Avenue, Des Moines. At check-in, attendee’s will receive a map and a menu of the Battledish options (everything is within walking distance).
The competing chefs in Des Moines are:
- Mike Holman, Executive Chef at Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge
- John Andres, Executive Chef at BOS
- Joe Mcconville, Chef / Partner at Gusto Pizza
- Jeff Deets, Executive Chef at Liberty’s – An Iowa Grill
- Sean Wilson, Executive Chef/Partner at Proof
- Jo Tripp, Chef at Alba
- Sam Auen, Chef / Owner at Tacopocalypse
The titles that will be awarded include: Most Delicious, Most Creative, Best Modern, Best Cocktail, and Most Authentic. Which chef will take home which title?
The chefs will create small versions of their dishes, which will be available for $5/plate and drink pairings will also be available for $5. Or you can purchase a ticket package beforehand and received a selection of the food and beverages available.
There are four different ticket packages to choose from. Try the teaser package for $40, the Gourmand package for $65, the VIP package for $125 (includes early access and a swag bag!), and the general admission package for $15 (food not included with this package, but food and beverages can be purchased the day of the event). Click here to learn more about what the ticket packages include. (Hint: The Battledish Twitter handle often tweets special promotion codes for free admission. Make sure you follow them at: @dishcrawldsm.)
I’ll See You There…as a Guest Judge!
I will be attending Battledish Des Moines as one of the guest judges of the competition! I’ll be tasting the dishes, photographing them and sharing my thoughts afterwards. Check out the full list of the guest judges here.