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Richmond, VA


Food Lion Chef Challenge

Visit the Food Lion Chef Challenge during the Southern Women’s Show to see professional chefs go head to head in the ultimate cook-off!
Enjoy the exciting Chopped Challenge, where two chefs square off and compete against each other using items selected by show guests from the Food Lion Pantry. Watch the chefs under pressure to create tasty, unique recipes.
Each hour, Food Lion hosts cooking demonstrations with two chefs sharing tips and ideas for easy, affordable and delicious meals. Head over to the stage for plenty of food sampling and some goodies to make your grocery shopping easier, and also, register for your chance to win great prizes. Stop by and pick up the exclusive Food Lion shopping bag carrier, the Grocery Grab, a handy beverage infuser, as well as a notepad for your grocery list. And, you’ll want to pick up recipe cards which not only have quick, easy and delicious meals but money saving coupons too.
The Food Lion Chef Challenge Stage will be brimming with local chefs, interactive games and excitement you won’t want to miss!

Jenny Brulé

Chef Jenny Brulé has been developing recipes and writing about food since graduating with honors from Baltimore International Culinary College in 1994. From 2003-2010 Jenny and her family nomadically ate their way through Europe, but now call Charlotte home. Jenny has been a nationally published food writer and recipe developer for twenty years. Her work has appeared in Cooking Light, Shape, Fitness, Swiss News, and countless regional magazines and newspapers. She’s made over 50 appearances as chef and food correspondent on Carolina’s largest NBC affiliate, WCNC and Charlotte Today’s Food Lion Kitchen. Additionally, Jenny was chosen in a national search to appear in five cooking videos for Food Network and Reynolds Wrap.
Personal Quote: “My cooking style balances my classical French training with my busy-mommy reality. The aim of my writing and teaching, since I began over twenty years ago, has been to encourage people to get into the kitchen and cook for their families and friends. I truly believe that cooking is love.”
Current occupation: She is currently working on a cookbook to be published by UNC Press in 2015.

Lisa Franklin

Lisa has been in the kitchen since she was a little girl. She grew up cooking typical southern foods at her mother’s side. Cooking has always been a passion of hers; in fact Lisa feels that being a chef was her true calling in life. Lisa has an associate degree in culinary arts from Central Piedmont Community College. Her specialties in the kitchen include Southern American, Cajun/Creole, Caribbean and Vegetarian cooking. She won the Moore & Van Allen MVA Bowl Cooking Competition in 2012.
Personal Quote: “In the South, to prepare a meal for someone is to show them love. I prepare real food for real people- the trendy, health-conscious and just plain ol’ country folk.”
Current occupation: Owner and a chef at Heart and Soul Personal Chef Service

Monica Smith

Monica has held a variety of professional positions throughout her life, including sales and catering, but always felt she was missing something. She had dreamed of opening a restaurant with her father and brother since childhood. After her brother died Monica turned her dream into reality by going to school to study culinary arts. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition, then went on to complete a culinary degree at the Art Institute of Charlotte in 2012. Monica is currently an executive chef and freelance personal chef in Gastonia, NC. She defines her style of cooking as modern southern foods with finesse and lots of love.
Personal quote: “As a culinary professional and minster of my own cuisine, I believe it is my responsibility to ensure that every dish I cook is prepared with all of my love, passion, heart and soul. Eating for living has helped me to develop my cooking style.”
Television appearances
• Guys’ Grocery Games-Food Network 2013
• WCNC Charlotte Today-recipe demo-2014
• WCCB Charlotte ACC Fan Fest promotion-2014
• Google+ Hangout MasterChef Cook-a-Long-2014
• Chef Contestant-Food Network-2014 (show has yet to air)
Current Occupation: Executive chef at First United Methodist Church

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