Rocket Chef challenges four local chefs, raises money for two local charities

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Four local chefs are putting their talents on display! If you like cooking and competitions, then you'll love Rocket Chef: A Clash of the Culinary Titans.  The event is a chance to see all the action in person.

Four fierce competitors are ready to show off their culinary skills for a cause.

The talented Chef Tom Chapman of Nick's Ristorante is one of them.

"My philosophy is to put out good food and make people happy," says Chapman.

The creative mind behind the Peppered Pig food truck, Chef Shawn Duvall, is also participating

"I love all kinds of food," says Duvall. "I've always enjoyed seeing how I can interpret something."

Sharp knives and a mind set on winning. Chef Andy Howery of The Bottle has both.

"I've been in the kitchen since I was 14," explains Howery.

Merle phillip of The Eaves, the sole lady in the bunch, but not to be underestimated.

"Typically, the culinary world is full of men," says Phillip. "As a mother of three, I'm an incredible multi-tasker.'"

A lot of multi-tasking is what will be required when the four chefs cook live on stage at Merrimack Hall and compete for the title of Rocket Chef.  The chefs won't know the ingredients ahead of time and a panel of judges will eliminate one chef after each round until there is a winner.

Tickets are on sale now. It's a fundraiser for the Food Bank of North Alabama, an agency that deals with the struggles of hunger daily.

"Over 80,000 individuals rely on the Food Bank and our network of partner feeding programs," says Food Bank Executive Director Kathryn Strickland. "This is more than the entire population of Muscle Shoals and Decatur combined."

Strickland says they're committed to helping those in need.

"Every day we're working to feed those who are hungry today, but we also try to work proactively to address the root causes of hunger and poverty," explains Strickland.

Proceeds from Rocket Chef will also benefit Merrimack Hall's Johnny Stallings Arts Program. Merrimack Hall Founder Debra Jenkins believes providing arts education and social and cultural opportunities to children and adults with special needs is so important.

"I just feel like it's my calling in life is to advocate for them and do things that can allow them to be more fully included in our community," says Jenkins.

Supporting two great organizations and seeing a great show is a win win. The event is scheduled for Monday, November 10th. If you want to buy tickets, click here.

Rocket Chef is a project of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County Connect Class 17, which WHNT NEWS 19'S Clarissa McClain is a part of.

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