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Hope House fundraiser to honor late chef

Three men in culinary uniforms prepairing foodBy LAUREL WILSON - BG Daily News
Hope House Ministries Executive Director Bryan Lewis never expected to be planning the organization s annual Cooking for Hope fundraiser without the late Bowling Green chef Scott Wilson, who came up with the idea for the charity cooking competition five years ago.

It was a unique opportunity, a very unique event that nobody else was doing, Lewis said. When he passed away last year, there was this void of what was going to happen with this event. Obviously, we wanted to continue his legacy. It s a way that we can continue to honor Scott and his family.

The fifth annual Cooking for Hope will be at 6:30 p.m. April 23 at the Living Hope Baptist Church Connection Center. The event benefits Hope House, a nonprofit that aims to alleviate spiritual and physical poverty through gospel restoration.

The organization helps people in need through a food pantry, community thrift store, affordable holiday gift program and classes on job training and financial skills.

Cooking for Hope includes a cooking competition with three local chefs, a dinner catered by chef Mike Riggs and his culinary students from Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, a silent auction and testimonies from people who have benefited from Hope House s programs.

I think people are attracted to stories of transformation, Lewis said.

The cooking competition is named in honor of Wilson, who owned the personal chef service Kitchen Towel Productions.

That kind of keeps his legacy going, Riggs said.

The Scott Wilson Chef Throw Down will feature chef Andy Henderson of Wild Eggs, chef Jarrad Miller from the Bowling Green Country Club and chef Klent Palmer from Aramark at Western Kentucky University. Each chef will be teamed with a SKYCTC culinary student and will have 30 minutes to create a dish from Hope House food pantry items plus three other secret ingredients.

It s a chance to see up close and personal three chefs create something without any preparation, Lewis said.

Cooking for Hope is a free event, but Hope House is looking for banquet sponsors to donate $500 or more, table hosts to commit to filling a table of eight and other guests willing to support Hope House.

We know people might not be able to give now, but if they come, they get an opportunity to hear about the ministries, Lewis said. Sometimes, them just getting to hear more about us ... they know who we are and that makes an impact.

Reserving a seat is preferred, but there will be some spots available at the door. To RSVP, contact Kassie Smith at kassie@hopehousebg.com or 270-904-1200 ext. 103 or submit a form online at www.hopehousebg.com.