NORTH COVENTRY PA – Four local and talented chefs, each of them a culinary star in their own right, will battle for cooking supremacy Sunday (March 6, 2016) at 2 p.m. as the Pottstown Family and Home Expo introduces its first “Pottstown CHOPS” competition as part of the show’s three-day run at Coventry Mall, at Routes 100 and 724.
An air of mystery surrounds the event, modeled after “Chopped,” the popular Food Network television program, but with its own interesting Pottstown twists. Four baskets will be filled with surprise ingredients. Four masters of the kitchen will have a limited amount of time to turn those basket items into who knows what kind of delectable meal. And only one winner will be crowned as Pottstown CHOPS champion.
Admission to Pottstown CHOPS, and the entire Pottstown Family and Home Expo, is free. The expo opens Friday, March 4, from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; continues Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and winds up Sunday, March 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It covers more than 30,000 square feet of space in the mall, features more than 50 exhibitors, offers three full days of family fun and entertainment, and is accompanied by abundant parking.
The event sponsored by the NARI-BIE, the Building Industries Exchange of Pottstown and Vicinity, presents “Ideas For Better Living,” includes designs for remodeling projects home owners have always dreamed of, engaging activities for adults and children, dozens of exhibits and displays … and top chefs!
The competitors in Sunday’s Pottstown CHOPS are:
- George Bieber, chef and owner of Shorty’s Sunflower Cafe on North Charlotte Street in Pottstown;
- Adam Burke, chef and owner of Lily’s Grill on East High Street in Pottstown;
- John Smith, representing the just-opened Landis Markets on East High Street in Sanatoga; and
- Lisa Rambow, a student of The Culinary Arts Institute of Montgomery County Community College, with campuses in Pottstown, Blue Bell, and Lansdale.
Visitors can watch as each amazing chef opens his or her blind baskets and use what’s inside to prepare – live and before the crowd’s eyes – a signature dish within just 30 minutes. A pantry of kitchen staples will be provided. Judging will be live, too. The judging panel consists of:
- Brenda Kieffer, and MCCC Culinary Arts Institute instructor;
- Keith Place, director of licensing and inspections for the Borough of Pottstown; and
- Adam Sager, a Pottstown attorney and self-proclaimed “foodie.”
Additionally, volunteers from the Pottstown Relay For Life will manage food sales at the Pottstown Family & Home Expo.
Besides Sunday’s Pottstown CHOPS event, the Pottstown Family & Home Expo also presents …
Scheduled entertainment gives visitors even more reason to return daily:
- On Friday. Four professional bakers will decorate cakes right before your eyes Friday night in a contest being billed as Pottstown “FROSTS.” Votes from the audience will be a part of the final pick. The winner will be announced at the close of events on Sunday; and
- On Saturday. Watch local tae kwon do students demonstrate their martial arts skills and mastery Saturday afternoon. Take home an amusingly-shaped balloon sculpture on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, and meet adorable and adoptable cats and kittens throughout the weekend at the booth of Cat NAPS of Pottstown, a local feline rescue.