Cooks Compete for Ultimate Chef Bergen County Crown

Third round of the Bergen county cooking competition hosted by Chef Central and sponsored by Whole Foods is Saturday morning.

Chef Central, a culinary institution in Paramus, is hosting a cooking challenge called Ultimate Chef Bergen County this month.

The competition picks four of the most well respected chefs in Bergen County and puts them against each other in pairs of two. The two chefs cook a 4-course meal simultaneously, each on one half of the Chef Central kitchen, using mystery ingredients in each course. A panel of judges reach a conclusion and pick a winner to advance.

On Jan. 11, in round one, Chef Peter Larsen of Haven Restaurant, in Edgewater, faced off against Chef Chris Boyce of Café Matisse, in Rutherford. Boyce was named the winner of round one.

On Jan. 18, in round two, Chef Michael Ostros of Regina’s Stakehouse, in Teaneck, cooked against Chef Andres Carlson of Latour, in Ridegewood. Ostros was named the winner of round two.

In 2013 Adam Weiss, then of Esty Street in Park Ridge, was named Ultimate Chef after winning the competition last year.

Ostros and Boyce will cook against each other for a spot in the finals on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Chef Central kitchen. Folks are welcome to come and watch them cook for a chance to be crowned Ultimate Chef Berge County 2014. The final is set for Feb. 15.

Have you eaten at any of the chefs’ restaurants? Tell us what you think in the comments section below. 


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