The Diamond Chef Arkansas preliminary competition takes place 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 in the Peabody Hotel Little Rock lobby.
Admission is free and open to the public.
The competition follows the format of the popular television show "Chopped." Chefs are presented a mystery basket of ingredients and have 40 minutes plus the help of one sous chef to prepare a dish using all the ingredients. Judges will score the dishes, and the top two chefs will advance to the Arkansas Diamond Chef finale on June 5 at the Statehouse Convention Center.
Preliminary competitions on Tuesday are as follows:
Heat #1 - 1 p.m.- Chef Cynthia Malik (Pulaski Technical College Arkansas Culinary School) vs. Chef Matt Cooper (Lulav)
Heat #2 - 2 p.m. - Chef Donnie Ferneau (Ferneau Restaurant) vs. Chef Jason Knapp (UCA/Aramark)
Heat #3 - 3 p.m. - Chef Bonner Cameron (Ya Ya's Euro Bistro) vs. Chef Stephen Burrow (Clinton Presidential Center)
Heat #4 - 4 p.m. - Chef Jeffrey Ferrell (Capital Hotel) vs. Chef Diana Bratton (Taco Mama and Café 1217)
Heat #5 - 5 p.m.: Semi-finals
Heat #6 - 6 p.m.: Semi-finals