Greer's OC: It's a battle of the chefs

February 16, 2011|By Greer Wylder

Do you love witnessing a live culinary competition and being a judge too? Join Orange County Sunday Night Chef Fight at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Standards of Excellence showroom in Huntington Beach. At the event, they'll be crowning a new "Champion Chef of Orange County," and it's down to two contenders: Chef Lindsay Smith-Rosales of the Nirvana Grille and "rock n' roll chef" Phil Knoke of SteerCrazy International Catering & Events.

Sunday Night Chef Fights is a cooking competition between local chefs featuring a live audience who get to sample each chef's creations and act as judge, jury and taste-tester in deciding the winner. Before each event, both chefs are given three base ingredients that must be included in their creations, a shopping allowance and a week to plan and prep their dishes. Then, during the event, each chef and his or her sous chef will have just 30 minutes to cook and finish their dishes.


General seating tickets cost $50 per person, which includes the competition, samples of both chefs' creations and one pour of each Vino Vidi Vici wine. A limited number of VIP front row seats are also available for $75 per person, which include the best seating in the house for the Chef Fight, priority service, larger portions of each chef's creations and two pours of each Vino Vidi Vici wine. Tickets are currently on sale at The Standards of Excellence showroom is at 16001 Gothard St. in Huntington Beach.


Bouncing sky high

To be honest, I've known about Sky High Sports for quite some time.

But due to the fact that my kids begged me not to tell anyone about it for fear that they would no longer have this bounce playground to themselves, I held off.

But now I see the word is out big time about this trampoline fun center on Airway Avenue not far from John Wayne Airport. This is a kid's dream facility — a place unlike anything we had as kids growing up in Orange County. It's literally a giant warehouse of trampolines, even trampoline walls, along with areas for private parties and taking breaks.

There are plenty of supervisors, so nothing gets too crazy. You can jump freely, show off your flips and tricks or join organized activities such as trampoline dodge ball. It also features AIRobics classes for those wanting a more formal workout.

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