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Chefs from neighboring nursing homes and assisted living centers compete with mystery ingredients in Fire and Fusion. Courtesy photo.




Fire and Fusion Executive Chef Competition

When: Wednesday, May 14, at 6 p.m.
Where: Alpine Grove, 19 S. Depot Road, Hollis
Cost: $35, includes appetizers, complimentary glass of wine and admission to the competition; tickets can be purchased at eventbrite.com or at the Nashua Senior Activity Center, 70 Temple St., Nashua
Visit: nashuaseniorcenter.org or call 889-6155




Mystery ingredients make the meal
Nursing home chefs compete in Fire and Fusion

05/08/14



 To win on the Food Network’s Chopped, competing chefs have to improvise, think on their feet and utilize culinary talents to come up with a unique dish using all four mystery ingredients. As on the popular TV show, chefs competing in this year’s Fire and Fusion will have to do all this without a clue as to what they’ll be preparing.

“It’s very much liked the show Chopped,” Nashua Senior Activity Center Executive Director Jeanne  Marcoux said. “The ingredients are usually something very unusual.”
The Fire and Fusion competition benefits the Nashua Senior Activity Center by selecting competing chefs not from local restaurants, but instead from neighboring assisted living centers and nursing homes. Last year, chef Eric McAndrews from Aynsley Place took first place, followed by Matt Nichols from Nashua Crossing and Stephanie Soma from Fairview in Hudson. 
Last year was the first year the Nashua Senior Activity Center held the competition. It received such a great response, organizers decided to bring it back with a few changes.
This year, the event will be held at Alpine Grove in Hollis, with special guest judges Nicole Barreira of T-Bones and Cactus Jacks, Chef Aimee Paradise from MT’s Local Kitchen & Wine Bar and Kathleen Palmer, food columnist for the Nashua Telegraph.
Guests get not only a show but dinner, too. They arrive an hour before the competition starts and receive a glass of wine and appetizer samples from each of the competing chefs to vote for best appetizer. There’s so much food, there’s no need to eat dinner beforehand, Marcoux said.
Emcee Mike Morin from WZID selects the four mystery ingredients for chefs to use in their dishes. Chef contestants will have 30 minutes to make an entree and are required to use all of the four secret ingredients. Last year, Morin selected pepino melon, tenderloin of beef, bok choy and a box of frozen French toast sticks. As on Chopped, contestants have access to a pantry to supplement the mystery ingredients. 
 
As seen in the May 8th issue of the Hippo.





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