Iron Fork chef competition fires up tomorrow. Win free tickets today!

Six of the Twin Cities' top chefs will engage in a culinary shootout tomorrow night at City Pages' annual Iron Fork competition--and you can win a pair of tickets for free.

Star chefs from Piccolo, Chef Shack, and Barbette, among others, will show off their skills in a format loosely based on the Food Network's Iron Chef. You can also sample the signature dishes of more than 20 top restaurants--including Barbette, Sea Salt Eatery, French Meadow, El Burrito Mercado, and Surdyk's Liquor & Cheese Shop.

Here's more information on the event, and how you can score two free tickets.

Iron Fork fires up tomorrow at International Market Square from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door. But one person can win two free tickets by entering this simple contest: In five words or less, tell us why you should be the one to go.

Email your entry to [email protected]. Be sure to include your name and an email address where we can contact you. The contest is open till 5:30 today, and the winner will be notified by 6 p.m. or thereabouts. A winner will be determined by the unforgivably subjective criterion of what amuses or touches us the most.

Even if you're not the lucky winner, you won't want to miss tomorrow night's Iron Fork, where you can watch six incredibly talented chefs go head-to-head in a lighthearted competition.

The chefs competing this year are:

  • Doug Flicker of Piccolo
  • Lisa Carlson of Chef Shack
  • Kevin Kathman of Barbette
  • Ben Pichler of Grand Café
  • Jason Ross of Le Cordon Bleu
  • Amy Anderson, Surdyk's Amateur Winner

Competing chefs are given a box of ingredients containing pantry staples (protein, vegetable, starch, etc) and one mystery ingredient--out of which they must invent, on the spot, an appetizing and healthy dish, with the winner determined by a panel of judges, including City Pages' own Rachel Hutton.

But there's more to Iron Fork than the competition. Guests can sample dishes from more than 20 local restaurants. Beer, liquor, and wine samples are all included in the ticket price. Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Heartland.

As a bonus, this year's event will include a contest for drinks as well-- the final stage of the 4-Orange Iron Cocktail competition, in which the two finalists (from Prohibition Bar and Chino Latino) will battle for a trip to Miami.

You also have a special VIP option: a $50 ticket includes second-floor seating overlooking the chef competition, a private bar, and server-passed samples from participating restaurants.

The event is sponsored by Surdyk's and Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.

For more information, click here.

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