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Celebrity chefs hosting Demo Impossible, Cooking Well Invitational

Celebrity chef and “Restaurant Impossible” star Robert Irvine will be in Charleston July 25-26 to compete in a Demo Impossible event and emcee the inaugural Cooking Well Invitational.

Irvine and chef Marvin Woods – whose healthy approach to simple, affordable cooking has been featured in national publications, including O Magazine, Food & Wine and Southern Living – will challenge each other to create dishes with produce from the MUSC Urban Farm that are healthy and delicious. The event will take place from 6:30 until 9:30 p.m., July 25 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston.

On the second day, Irvine will host the Cooking Well Invitational, a culinary competition and trade show emphasizing healthier ways to cook delicious and affordable meals. Chefs from 10 Working Well Gold Apple award-winning hospitals will compete against each other. They’ll demonstrate how to convert recipes into healthier versions without sacrificing the taste. Professional chefs will judge the dishes made on site.

Teams will represent the following hospitals: Baptist Easley Hospital, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Georgetown Hospital System, Laurens County Health Care System, Oconee Medical Center, Palmetto Health, Piedmont Medical Center, Providence Hospital, Providence Hospital Northeast and MUSC.

MUSC’ Sodexo team will consist of Brett Cunningham, executive chef; Fernando Middleton, executive chef/purchasing; Martin Neeley, culinary supervisor; and Matt Dermanoski, retail supervisor.

The Cooking Well Invitational, which will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College, will include educational sessions throughout the day and vendors offering ideas and samples for healthier meals.

The registration fee for the Cooking Well Invitational is $35 per person and includes a light lunch. Tickets to Demo Impossible, which are $50 per person, include food and beverage. A limited number of VIP tickets, which cost $125 per person, include reserved seating in the demo kitchen.

Tickets for both events may be purchased in advance at and also will be available at the door on a limited basis.

The events are sponsored by the S.C. Hospital Association’s Working Well Initiative and Sodexo in partnership with the Culinary Institute of Charleston at TTC.

July 17, 2013

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