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Chefs for PATH

The first Chefs for PATH Event was held in 2009 and was the product of the vision of a Leadership McLean County team. The event is a friendly competition between some of the top local chefs in the area.

Each year, chefs are provided specific ingredients and a list of acceptable items that they may use from their restaurants. Additionally, they are given a gift card to a local grocery store to choose anything they would like. The only stipulation is that they must use the ingredient in every serving. 

Ticket holders enjoy tasting each chef's preparations as they rotate through the stations during the gala. After guests have completed the rotations, they vote for their favorite dish. Votes are tallied, and finalists are announced. The top vote-getters move to the “live cooking stage” with just their knives and one assistant chef. A mystery basket is unveiled, the chefs have a few minutes to prepare their menu’s and then it’s time for the live cook-off.

Judges will taste the final dishes, and using their tally sheets, a winner of Chefs for PATH is determined.

Throughout the event, guests often enjoy live and silent auctions in addition to a cash bar.

For questions about our next event, contact Karen Zangerle at 309-834-0512 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Check back at a later date for more information about our next event!

Click here to view images of past events.