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Founders Hall In Ridgefield Seeks Dessert Fans For Battle Of The Chefs

Chef Sarah Bouissou will judge a new dessert competition, along with Chefs Art Michaelsen and Rafaele Gallo, as part of Battle of the Chefs on June 1 at Founders Hall in Ridgefield.
Chef Sarah Bouissou will judge a new dessert competition, along with Chefs Art Michaelsen and Rafaele Gallo, as part of Battle of the Chefs on June 1 at Founders Hall in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Courtesy Nancy Ratan

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Ridgefield is adding a new event to the Battle of the Chefs dessert competition set for May 21.

The new contest, which is open to the public, includes professionals and amateurs vying to create the best desserts, including cakes, cookies, crèmes, pies, tortes and puddings. The recipe can be an original creation or from a favorite cookbook.

The competition will have two rounds, both judged by last year’s Battle chefs, Sarah Bouissou, of Sarah’s Wine Bar and Bernard’s, and Art Michaelsen, of Bartolo. The two will judge the entries for taste and presentation and narrow the group to three finalists on May 21.

Joined by OmNomCt food bloggers Dan and Kristien Del Ferraro, the panel will judge the final round on June 1 at the Battle of the Chefs. All three finalists will receive a complimentary ticket to the Battle of the Chefs and the winner will receive a trophy and gift certificate for Sarah’s Wine Bar/Bernard’s.

"The Battle of the Chefs, which benefits Founders Hall, is a culinary showdown in which three popular chefs compete to create a winning entrée from a basket of surprise ingredients in just under 40 minutes as an audience cheers them on," representatives said in the release.

This year’s battling chefs are Forrest Pasternack of Bailey’s Backyard in Ridgefield, Matt Storch of Match in Norwalk and The Chelsea in Fairfield, and Jeff Taibe of Whelk and LeFarm in Westport.

For more information on the Battle, which is sponsored by Fairfield County Bank and The Chefs’ Warehouse, or the dessert competition, residents can go to the Founders Hall website or call (203) 431-7000.

Founders Hall is located at 193 Danbury Road in Ridgefield. Entry forms, along with a $25 donation to Founders Hall, are due by Thursday, May 15.

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