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  Tickets Sell Out for Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundations Inaugural Country Club Chef Showdown Bookmark and Share

The Club at Admirals Cove ballroom was sizzling with action during the inaugural North County Edition of the showdown of the country club chefs. Chefs competed against each other in this Iron Chef- style competition, vying for the coveted title of Best Country Club Chef! Tod Feit of Admirals Cove prevailed over his competitors, securing the honor of hosting next year’s event.

For the competition, each chef was tasked with creating a signature dish using the same main ingredient - blood oranges - and a panel of expert judges determined the winner. Tod Feit created a sumptuous Blood Orange Scented Diver Scallop “Sous Vide” as his winning dish. Prior to the mouth-watering competition, guests attending the sold-out event were serenaded by saxophonist John Michalak of Urban Gypsy while they enjoyed a lively cocktail hour with signature hors d’oeuvres and a wonderful silent auction.

The competing chefs were: Bernd Linsenmayer of Frenchman’s Creek Beach & Country Club who prepared Blood Orange Croquettes and Chilean Sea Bass; Jerome Nicolas of Ibis Golf & Country Club who created Coriander-Rubbed Scalllops with a Broken Blood Orange and White Zinfandel Glaze; Michael Crain of The Country Club at Mirasol who prepared Pan Roasted Duck & Crispy Confit Croquette, and Tod Feit of the Club at Admirals Cove, winner of this year’s event. As an additional treat, guests went home with a set of four recipe cards, one for each dish, ready for them recreate the delicious memory.

The esteemed panel of experts judging their creations were: renowned chef and author, Norman Van Aken, Director of Restaurants, Miami Culinary Institute; Stephanie Miskew, The Glamorous Gourmet; Virginia Philip, Master Sommelier, The Breakers Palm Beach and owner of Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy; Lindsay Autry, executive chef for Sundy House and Top Chef Texas finalist; and Paul Bianco of Palm Beach Gardens Lifestyle Magazine.

“We had an amazing first event,” said Greg Leach, president of Hospice of Palm Beach County Foundation. “Guests really enjoyed the competition and even brought signs to cheer on their chef of choice. It was the perfect intersection of fun and most importantly, support of hospice care for local patients and families.”

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors 1st United Bank; Levin Home Care; Bouchard Insurance, and Jupiter Medical Center; our Media partners, Palm Beach Gardens Lifestyle Magazine and WPEC -CBS 12, and Underwriters; Sysco, Whole Foods Market, and Hamilton Jewelers.

We owe special thanks to our outstanding event committee, including: Event Co-Chairs Bari and Randy Levitt; and Host Committee, Vicki Accardi, Andrea Albertini, Debbie Archer, Louise Browning, Susan Daub, Tina Edington, Sue Epstein, Linda and Gearl Gore, Roberta Levine, Stephen Macht, Antoinette Matos, Sharon Quercioli, Sara Scaldini, and Dr. Jean Wihbey.

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