Chef Brandon Frohne to Battle at World Food Championships

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Last month I clued you in on the World Food Championships which will be held Nov. 1-4 in Las Vegas. In addition to competitions to crown the best barbecue, chili, sandwich etc., there will also be a special World Chef Challenge, which will pit 48 chefs against each other in a competition of skills, recipe and taste for $50,000 in prize money. After a call for nominations from around the country, local chef Brandon Frohne has been selected to represent Nashville in this competition.

Frohne has distinguished himself as a rising star in the culinary scene by winning several people's choice awards in various events in the area. His brand of New Southern/European cuisine has been recognized for its creativity and dedication to seasonal foods. He currently serves as the executive chef of Rutland Place Catering, and author of the Nashville Urban Gardeners food blog. He's also a frequent Bites commenter, so we consider him part of the family.

Getting to Vegas isn't cheap unless you're already a high-roller, so Frohne has set up a fundraising campaign to help cover the $2,200 in expenses he anticipates as part of the trip. Donors can receive perks ranging from a bundle of Frohne's homegrown Thai basil to a four-course tasting for four in your home, depending on the level of participation. If Chef Frohne does manage to emerge victorious from the World Chef Challenge, he'll earn a spot at The Final Table where he'll face the winners of the other categories for the chance to impress a panel of celebrity judges and to win the $50,000 grand prize.

Wish Chef Frohne good luck and maybe even support his efforts financially as he flies the Music CIty flag next month in Vegas!

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