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The Woodlands Charities plans 2nd Chef Showdown with Mexican theme

April 4, 2019

A fundraising effort by The Woodlands Charities was so successful last year, organizers are bringing it back in 2019. The second annual Chef Showdown is scheduled for May 3 at The Woodlands Resort and Conference center, beginning at 6 p.m.

Amy Milstead, one of the organization’s founders and directors, explained how the event works.

“We have five teams with six people each, and they each have an item they have to prepare. They have a celebrity chef from the resort that will be there with them. He’ll teach them how to prepare it,” Milstead said.

This year’s menu is based on a Cinco de Mayo theme. Mexican cuisine — such as guacamole and fajitas — is to be prepared by chefs that are to don colorful sombreros instead of classic chef hats. These chefs aren’t your typical professional cooks, though.

“They’re people in the community — your insurance agent, real estate broker and people in the community who might want to come out and raise money for a good cause,” Milstead said.

The chef teams will work for donations, doing their best work in the kitchen to garner the most money for their team. Not only will that determine the winning team, but the proceeds have a deeper impact.

That organization has selected to raise money for the Assistance League of Montgomery County’s Operation School Bell program this year.

The program identifies economically disadvantaged children within the county whose families may not be able to buy them new school clothes and then sets them up with a shopping spree. The program provide funds for more than 4,000 children across the county to receive new clothes each year.

The Assistance League’s Director, Carolyn Jones said the organization is thrilled to be this year’s beneficiary.

“It’s very exciting. They are a very accomplished, enthusiastic group of very impressive individuals,” Jones said.

Not only will attendees be raising money for the Assistance League, but they’ll also get to hear a presentation about the work the group does in the community.

“We’re really proud to not only receive the funds but participate and make it happen. Usually when you get a grant they just present you with the check, but this has been a really cool collaboration,” Jones said.

jane.stueckemann@chron.com