Sweet Rivalry brings local chefs together for a good cause
Rustic, Alaska food: That’s what Kaladi Brothers chef Katie Wright likes to cook.
“We’ve made a kabocha and sugar pie pumpkin chevre cheesecake,” she said as she sliced through the marbled dessert.
Wright is one of eight local chefs competing in Sweet Rivalry on Tuesday. It’s a fundraiser for Arc of Anchorage, an organization that works with intellectually and developmentally disabled people. There’s a plated dessert competition as well as a category for edible centerpieces.
Wright is topping her pumpkin cheesecake with a crab apple (locally foraged), cranberry and chai chutney, vanilla whip cream, cookie butter and granola toffee crumble for the plated dessert event.
“I’ve conceptualized my dish from the ground up,” she said. “Every part of it is thought out.”
Wright typically works out of Kaladi’s Phat Kid food truck in the summer. She’s a homegrown Alaska chef who studied culinary arts at the King Career Center. She said Tuesday’s sugary showdown is a chance to test her skill and see what other chefs are bringing to the table.
“I’m a big competitor but we love giving back to our community as part of Kaladi Brothers,” Wright said. “We are a catalyst for community is one of our mission statements. So we’re happy to get out there and be a part of the community.”
She’s hoping her decadent dessert will bring home the sweet taste of victory.
Sweet Rivalry will be at the Hilton Anchorage, located on Third Avenue, on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The VIP event begins at 6 p.m. and the main event starts at 7 p.m.
Here is a list of the competitors:
VIP Team Captains
Chef John D’Elia, The Marx Bros. Café
Chef Brad Harris, MUSE
Chef Lexa Gokey, Bridge Seafood
Main Competitor Team Captains
Chef Dean Spooner, Williwaw
Steve Planté, Organic Oasis
Samantha Wagner, Sweet Caribou
Katie Wright, Kaladi Brothers + Phat Kid Food Truck
Deven Shorey, LD’s Caffe & Cannoli
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