Asheville chefs to compete in ‘Whacked’ at FRS warehouse in September


Open House and Whacked Cooking Competition
Scheduled for September 13th

THIS JUST IN: FRS Asheville is hosting an Open House Tuesday, September 13, 2016. Ashvegas’ own Stu Helm will be a judge in the “Whacked” competition which is a “chopped” style contest, with chefs racing a clock to cook an appetizer, main course, and dessert using ingredients from a “mystery basket” of sorts. Of last years’ “Tanked” competition , Stu said, “I ate some weird stuff and saw actual anxiety on the faces of the competitors, so I’m looking forward to this year!”

From the press release…

The event is open to the public and free to attend. Over 50 manufacturers will be present to exhibit the
latest culinary equipment, and a farm to table themed cooking competition will also take place.

The Open House begins at 9:00am, with the Whacked Cooking Competition starting at 1:00pm. Teams
will be comprised of a professional Chef, GO Kitchen Trainees, School Food Service Directors and other
local volunteers. Teams will compete for the coveted Whacked Cleaver and goodie-filled swag bags. The
winning team will receive a commercial refrigerator donated to a charity of their choice. The Food
Service Director from the winning team will also take home a scholarship for one high school senior
interested in pursuing a culinary degree.

Whacked was inspired by a popular Food Network competition called Chopped. The Whacked
Competition is hosted on an annual basis by the FRS showroom in Asheville. Like Chopped, Whacked
teams must create an appetizer, entrée and dessert from secret (often obscure) ingredients. This year’s
secret ingredients are still very much under wraps, but they will reflect a farm to table theme.

Whacked attendees will cheer on their favorite chef led team. Chefs will be Michelle Bailey from Smokey
Park Supper Club, Ian Drobka from Pisgah Inn, Chris Townsend from Lex 18 and Anthony Cerrato from
Strada. All chefs will prepare their creations with a different combination oven by sponsors Rational,
Blodgett, Cleveland Convotherm and Angelo PO. Other sponsors include Browne Foodservice and
Beverage Air.

The Open House event begins at 9:00am and will last until 5:00pm. Equipment demos, exhibitors and
cooking competition will all take place at 23 Asheland Avenue in Asheville. Interested parties can learn
more by visiting or emailing

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FRS ~ 23 Asheland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 ~ 828.255.9995