Orlando Foodies will compete in Whole Foods Market “Fill the Grill Challenge” 2013

The Whole Foods Market in Phillips Crossing will host it’s “Fill The Grill Challenge” 2013 this month, on August 8th, 15th and 22nd. The challenge in the past has featured local chefs and food truck chefs from the Orlando area, but this year there’s a little twist. Whole Foods Market has invited Orlando Foodies to compete this year in the grilling challenge. The four cheftestants will have a budget of $20, with 20 minutes to shop, and then 20 minutes to cook. I judged last year’s competition and let me say that the 20 minutes to cook flies by and is quite a challenge. Check out the coverage from: “Fill The Grill Challenge” 2012. Good luck to Nicole Aidelbaum of WHERE Orlando, Ricky Ly of Tasty Chomps, Kendra Lott of Edible Orlando, and Christine Pittman of Cook the Story. If you are interested in watching this cooking battle, make sure to stop by the Whole Foods Market on corner of Sand Lake Road and Turkey Lake Road on Thursdays, each round starting at 6:30 p.m. More info below…

Food Trucks Chef’s cooking at last year’s “Fill The Grill Challenge” 2012

Cheftestants to Face-Off in Annual “Fill the Grill Challenge”

Four Orlando journalists are turning up the heat at this year’s Whole Foods Market “Fill the Grill Challenge.” These foodies will go head-to-head in a battle for the title of 2013 Fill the Grill Champion and a year’s worth of bragging rights. Foodies, grilling aficionados and cooking competition lovers are invited to Whole Foods Market in Phillip’s Crossing to watch the cheftestants duke it out.

The cheftestants – Nicole Aidelbaum (WHERE Orlando); Ricky Ly (Tasty Chomps); Kendra Lott (Edible Orlando); and Christine Pittman (Cook the Story) – will be given $20 and 20 minutes to speed shop the store for ingredients; then they will have an additional 20 minutes to prepare a delicious, affordable and creative summer meal using only a grill.

Round one takes place on Thursday, August 8 followed by round two on Thursday, August 15; the finals are set to take place on Thursday, August 22. All challenges will begin at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. A panel of esteemed judges from Whole Foods Market will determine which chef goes to the next round.

Participating Cheftestants & Dates: *updated August 7, 2013

Thursday, August 8: *Kendra Lott of Edible Orlando vs. Ricky Ly of Tasty Chomps
Nicole Aidelbaum of WHERE Orlando vs. Ricky Ly of Tasty Chomps

Thursday, August 15: *Nicole Aidelbaum of WHERE Orlando vs. Christine Pittman of Cook the Story
Kendra Lott of Edible Orlando vs. Christine Pittman of Cook the Story

Thursday, August 22: The two winning finalists will battle in the Champion cook-off round.

Whole Foods Market – Phillip’s Crossing is located at 8003 Turkey Lake Road. Telephone: (407) 355-7100.

About Whole Foods Market®
Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM) is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” by Health magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 74,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 16 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2012, the company had sales of more than $11 billion and has more than 350 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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