25 Men Who Can Cook 10th Anniversary On Saturday


The 10th anniversary of a popular community event will be held Saturday at Bridge View Center.

25 Men Who Can Cook is returning to Bridge View Center for the 10th year on Saturday, June 12 with doors opening at 11:00 a.m. Billed as the “tastiest 2-hours” in Ottumwa, the event typically draws 450+ attendees who savor the culinary delights the chefs have prepared and cast their vote in the People’s Choice award balloting.

Chefs competing this year in the Hobby Chef Division include Ron Graeff (Davis County Hospital), Taylor Grimm (South Hy-Vee), Derek Hedgecock (DRH Services), David Howard (Ottumwa Regional Health Center), Josh Husted (Davis County Community School), John Kearney (Buckeye Partners), Matt Thompson (Indian Hills Community College), Alex Morley (Edward Jones), Mike Potts (Wayne County Hospital), Brian Quinn (Mercy Medical Clinic), John Richards (Retired Educator), Taylor Mast
(Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC), S. Sean Six (Bridge View Center) and Bill Ward (Retired Fremont

Professional Chefs competing include, Chef Michael Ludwig (Hotel Ottumwa), Chef Bob Newell (Bridge View Center), Chef Thomas Roberson (Appanoose Rapids), Chef Blaine Rupe (Blaine’s Bagels), Chef Frank Tafta (Hearthstone, A ministry of Wesley Life – Pella), Chef David Keasling (Godfrey’s Ale House), and Chef Billy Wallace (Appanoose Rapids).

Adult advance tickets are $15 and will be on sale at Bridge View Center, from the participating chefs, Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra board members, and on-line at www.ottumwasymphonyorchestra.net. Adult tickets at the door are $20, while kids tickets are $5.

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