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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business for 15 years before turning to journalism. By day, she is the social media editor for Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail or a Maine beer. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: April 4, 2014

Tickets on sale now for Chopped Challenge 2014

Written by: Susan Axelrod

Grace Executive Chef Pete Sueltenfuss (left), winner of the 2013 Chopped Challenge with runner-up Jason Loring of Nosh Kitchen Bar. Photo by Ted Axelrod

A beautiful former church may seem like an unlikely location for a heated cooking competition where the prize is a meat cleaver. But building on the huge success of last year’s Chopped Challenge, Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland, will once again host the benefit for Cooking Matters Maine. It’s not until Sunday, May 4, but tickets are on sale now and the event is expected to sell out.  Tickets are $50 ($100 for Samuel Adams VIP tickets) and are available on Eventbrite.

The evening, which kicks off at 5 p.m., will follow the format of the popular Food Network show, “Chopped,” with the four competitors required to make a three-course meal with baskets of mystery ingredients, which they will open at the beginning of each round.

The chef competitors are:

This year, celebrity chef Jason Roberts, best known for his role on ABC’s “The Chew,” will be on the judging panel, along with chef Rob Evans, owner of Duckfat in Portland (and a winner of the TV “Chopped”), Joe Ricchio, food editor at Maine Magazine and host of the successful web-based series “Food Coma TV,” and last year’s winner, Peter Sueltenfuss, executive chef at Grace.

The Chopped Challenge will provide crucial support for Cooking Matters Maine, a program of Good Shepherd Food Bank and Share Our Strength, which empowers the state’s low-income families with the knowledge and skills to prepare healthy, delicious meals at home on a tight budget.

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