A late-night, mano-a-mano battle will unfold in Mount Dora this later this week. Two local chefs will compete in the open kitchen of Pisces Rising during its After Hours Supper Club on Sunday, February 28th.
This culinary competition will test the cooking abilities and creativity of Casey Aldridge of Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora and Clemente Rodriguez of Mary's Kountry Kitchen in Tavares.
Aldridge has been cooking professionally for 12 years and joined Lakeside Inn last spring. Ironically, his first job in the restaurant industry years ago was working at the inn as a bus boy. Among Aldridge's many dishes, his signature one is an andouille sausage and cornbread stuffed chicken with a smoked gouda sauce.
"I also make a mean corn pudding," said Aldridge.
Although Rodriguez' love of cooking began at home with his parents, his culinary education started at Mount Dora High School with Chef Hass. To further his craft, Rodriguez continued to Lake Technical Center and then to the more formal Le Cordon Bleu which allowed him to incorporate diverse cooking techniques and styles.
Both Aldridge and Rodriquez heap praise on the chefs at Lake Technical Center’s Culinary Program for cultivating their passion for cooking.
In the true spirit of competition and unpredictability, a secret ingredient will be announced at the event that must be included in the chefs' dishes.
The judges panel will consist of past contestant Christopher Robb Murray of Creative Culinary Solutions alongside the first winner of the After Hours Supper club, Ben Yancey.
The event is open to the public from 9:30 to midnight at Pisces Rising at 239 W. 4th Avenue, downtown Mount Dora.
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