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June 7, 2014

Local ‘Tossed’ contest is looking for cooks

ENID, Okla. — Organizers are looking for cooks to join a local competition and fundraiser.

Event coordinator Tammy Wilson said the cooking competition, called “Tossed,” is much like the ones seen on TV.

“It’s like ‘Chopped’ meets ‘Cut Throat Kitchen’ — meets ‘Survivor,’” Wilson said.

There will be 12 contestants chosen and divided into four groups. The groups will participate in four small competitions, and the winner of each will move on to the final showdown.

The smaller competitions will take place at Enid Farmers Market and Downtown Kitchen Store — two at each location, according to a press release announcing the event. At each of those locations, contestants will have to prepare one dish. The final event will take place at Enid Event Center, and contestants will have to prepare three dishes.

The teams will be given mystery items to use in concocting a tasty and viable dish, and there will be people tossed from the competition. This is where it gets tricky, though — they won’t have full kitchens or fancy gadgets to use. They will have to use whatever cooking apparatus they are given.

There will be a pantry of community items they will be able to use, and each station will be set up with utensils and basic preparation items.

“It’s going to be a true test of instinct and knowledge about food and how well folks can deal with pressure, and it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch,” said fellow coordinator Amy Kelly.

The judges are Kayte Anton, Lindy Chambers and Barb Benson.

The first competition has been designed and will take place June 21 at Greenid at Enid Farmers Market. Subsequent competitions will happen monthly, and the final face-off will be in October at Enid Event Center.

Tickets will be sold to the final event so the audience can cheer on their favorite contestant. There also will be other activities the day of the final competition.

A portion of the proceeds from “Tossed” will go to benefit Enid food bank Loaves & Fishes.

Contestants will be chosen by submitting essays saying why they should be a “Tossed” competitor. To submit an essay, email it to info@enidevents.com. For information, call (580) 402-6732 or email info@enidevents.com

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