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MUSC chefs to compete in statewide culinary competition

Celebrity chef and Emmy Award-nominated television host Marvin Woods will be in Charleston Nov. 7 to emcee the second annual Cooking Well Invitational, a culinary competition emphasizing healthier ways to cook delicious and affordable meals. Chef Woods is recognized by fans and peers alike for his infectious personality, signature bandana and wildly inventive take on food rooted in northern Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the United States Lowcountry. His healthy approach to simple, affordable cooking has been regularly featured in national publications, including O Magazine, Food & Wine, Southern Living and many more.

On Nov. 5, Chef Woods will make a special appearance in World Cuisine from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., featuring his delicious Seafood Gumbo as part of MUSC’s Celebrity Chef Series and in recognition of the American Heart Association’s National Eat Healthy Day.

On Thursday, Nov. 6 Chef Woods and local chefs, Graham Dailey of Peninsula Grill and Jacques Larson of the Wild Olive, will heat it up in the kitchen during the Iron Chef Showdown from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Culinary Institute of Charleston’s Palmer Campus in downtown Charleston. The audience can expect an entertaining experience as the famous chefs collaborate with Culinary Institute chefs and challenge each other to create dishes that are as healthy as they are delicious.

This event is open to the public, and tickets are $100, which includes beer, wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Auditorium seating is limited and will be first–come first–serve.

Also on Nov. 7, MUSC/Sodexo Chef Brett Cunningham and his team will compete against nine other Gold Apple hospital teams at the Second Annual Cooking Well Invitational as they demonstrate how to convert recipes into healthier versions without sacrificing great taste. MUSC will come together with other hospitals across the state to celebrate the success of South Carolina’s hospital chefs, who are creating delicious, healthy dishes for hospital workers, patients and visitors every day.

The Gold Apple award from Working Well recognizes hospitals that excel in offering delicious, nutritious food at affordable prices. MUSC achieved the Gold Apple in 2012 and has been serving as a Center of Excellence for the Working Well program.

This event is open to the public and will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.  In addition to the competition, the event will include cooking demos and a food truck rodeo. The registration fee for the Invitational is $35 per person and includes a food truck lunch.

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, visit Tickets will also be available at the door. The event is sponsored by the South Carolina Hospital Association’s Working Well Initiative and Sodexo in partnership with the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College.

Wellness Events

  • The October Mindful Challenge is to change it up: explore something new — take a new route. To begin, take the Monthly Mindful Challenge survey at
  • MUSC Urban Farm Food Day Peanut Party, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 24. Food demo by Chef Bob Tremayne, local celebrity contest and more.
  • Mindful Combo Contest — Buy a mindful combo meal Oct. 20 to Nov. 14 and be entered to win your choice of a Clemson or Carolina Fan Kit. Combo must include a Coca-Cola Zero or Dasani Water product. A winner will be chosen Nov. 17. To enter, submit your receipt in the entry box with name and email printed.  

For information, contact Dr. Susan Johnson via email at or



















October 23, 2014



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