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Fire and Fusion executive chef competition

When: Wednesday, May 6, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Alpine Grove Banquet Facility, 19 S. Depot Road, Route 111A, Hollis
Tickets: $35. Purchase at the Nashua Senior Activity Center (70 Temple St, Nashua), call Eileen Gormley (816-2642) or visit fireandfusion.eventbrite.com.




Competitive cooking
Chefs face off to benefit local senior center

04/30/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



Get up close to the action and watch local chefs compete in the third annual Fire and Fusion executive chef competition on Wednesday, May 6. The competition, to benefit the Nashua Senior Activity Center, features eight executive chefs from senior living centers showcasing their skills while also highlighting the cuisine served in their facilities.
The evening begins in the sampling room, where guests try appetizers provided by the competing chefs and vote for their favorite. After enjoying the finger foods and a glass of wine, it’s on to the main event. The chefs are given 30 minutes to create an entree based on a list of available ingredients they received prior to the competition — plus four secret ingredients revealed just before they start cooking. 
According to Wendy Sage-Matsis, event chair, anything from star fruit to coffee grounds could be unveiled and must be included in the dish.
“[They] have to be used in the meal, not just as a garnish,” she said in a phone interview. 
In the intense atmosphere, Sage-Matsis said, the chefs run back and forth from their cooking stations to the community pantry, stocked with main food ingredients and items to share like a food processor or blender. Once the half hour is up, the chefs must drop everything and present their dishes to the judges.
“One of the things we do is we allow the guests to get right up close,” Sage-Matsis said. “Part of what we say to the chefs is, get ready for questions while you’re cooking.”
Radio personality Mike Morin will be the event host and will go from station to station talking to the chefs about the meal in progress. Competing in this year’s competition are Eric McAndrews of Aynsley Place, Rejean Sheehy of Courville at Nashua, Kurt Desrosiers of Ledgewood Bay, Steve Sirois of The Arbors of Bedford, Matt Morin of Hunt Community, Danny Muser of The Huntington at Nashua, Samantha Lavoie of Nashua Crossings and Jeff Volkers of Carlyle Place.
Sage-Matsis, marketing director for the Courville Communities, said an event like this is a great way to engage the community and show what senior living centers are like. 
“I think one of the things we try to drive home is with senior living, [it’s] one of those taboo subjects, but one of the first questions we get when people are touring [is], ‘How’s the food?’” Sage-Matsis said. “This helps to spotlight it.” 
 
As seen in the April 30, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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