“25 Men Who Can Cook” coming up Saturday, January 21

OTTUMWA-Tickets remain for “25 Men Who Can Cook,” a fundraiser for the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra. The event will be this Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Bridge View Center in Ottumwa. Doors will open for the “tastiest two hours in Ottumwa” at 11:00 a.m. and the event will conclude at 1:00 p.m.

This year’s chefs include: Mark Lewis (John Deere), Walter Scott (Save Ottumwa Post), Brian Morgan (Wapello County Supervisor), Alex Morley (Edward Jones), Marc Roe (Tenco), Eric Cross (Bridge City Design Studio), Cliff Duff (Sinclair Tractor), John Richards (retired educator), Dan Stabile (Mercy Ottumwa Medical Clinic), Richard James (retired educator), Terry Glick (Hy-Vee Albia), Mark Hammonds (friend of Ottumwa Music Boosters), Reynaldo Royval (Burritos Los Roy), Bob Newell (Bridge View Center) and Kyle Brown (Great Expectations Catering & Café), Fletcher Person (Hindman-Person), Jeremy Weller (D & D Bail Bonds), Matt Thompson (Indian Hills Community College), Tim Schwartz (Hotel Ottumwa), Bob Wilkerson (retired businessman), David Howard (Ottumwa Regional Health Center), Derek Hedgecock (Save Ottumwa Post), Brett Phippen (retired educator) and Bill Ward (retired barber).

New this year is the addition of a “food-themed” silent auction that will be going on during the event.

Advance tickets are $12.50 and are available at Main Street Donuts and the Bridge View Center, all in Ottumwa, from the chefs and from symphony board members. Tickets purchased at the door the day of the event will be $15; tickets for children between the ages of 6-12 will be $5 each, children five and under will be admitted free. The backside of each ticket entitles the bearer to free admission to the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra Winter or Spring Concert (a $14 value).

Attendees will be able to cast a vote for their favorite chef, and 2016 People’s Choice Winner Fletcher Person will be returning to defend his title. A team of judges, coordinated by Chef Gordon Radar of Indian Hills Community College, will be selecting the top three chefs in the categories of Pre-Dining, Entrée and Dessert.

South Ottumwa Savings Bank is the major sponsor of “25 Men Who Can Cook,” which has proven to attract a large audience in its first four years – with last year’s attendance growing to 500 enjoying culinary delights in a fun atmosphere.