Second Annual Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef's Challenge

Celebrity Chefs Compete Using Only Canned and Shelf-Stable Ingredients

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 9/17/2014, 6:37 a.m.
The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Houston Community Preparedness Collaborative (HCPC) are ...
Second annual "Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chefs Challenge" kicks off this weekend at Market Square Park - Downtown Houston.

WHO: The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Houston Community Preparedness Collaborative (HCPC) are set to host the second-annual community event to coincide with National Preparedness Month. The event will feature a cooking competition with some of the top Houston celebrity chefs including:

David Grossman – Fusion Taco

Jonathan Jones – El Big Bad

Travis Lenig – Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette

Kate McLean – Tony’s

Kevin Naderi – Roost/Lillo & Ella

Popular local food and culture columnists and chief meteorologists are set to judge the prepared dishes to help select Houston’s Most Prepared Chef of 2014, and include:

Angie Bertinot – Downtown Houston Magazine

Caitilin Espinosa – FOX 26 News

Syd Kearney – Houston Chronicle

Albert Nurick – H-Town Chow Down

Eric Sandler – CultureMap Houston

Irene Sans – Univision

The emcee for the event will be Maria Todd of News 92 FM.

WHAT: The competition will focus on non-perishable food items to create excitement and awareness around the Ready Houston preparedness program and its key messages of: Make a Plan. Build a Kit. Stay Informed. Know Your Neighbors.

All dishes will be prepared on-site and cooked using gas or propane to simulate food prep during times of a disaster. Each chef will be provided with basic pantry items and cookware at their stations and must choose from a list of canned and shelf-stable ingredients, to be unveiled at the event. These ingredients are in the protein; fruits and vegetables; starches, grains and nuts; and comfort foods categories. Judges will select one winner based on taste, creativity and presentation, and will award the chef with a commemorative trophy for display in their restaurants.

In addition to the cook-off, there will be emergency response equipment on display, information on disaster preparedness available, and other giveaways.

The Ready Houston Preparedness Kit Chef’s Challenge is a free event and open to the public.

WHEN: Saturday, September 20, 2014, at 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: Market Square Park – Downtown Houston 301 Milam St.

WHY: The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security is dedicated to educating and reminding Houston-area residents about the “Ready Houston” program and the need to prepare for disasters. More information about Ready Houston is available at www.readyhoustontx.gov.