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Chefs win Chocolate Affair Plus cooking awards

Three professional and community chefs won top honors in the Chocolate Affair Plus on April 21, hosted by the Best Friends Mentoring Program.

Claiming first place in the People’s Choice Chef Awards was pastry chef Erin Cronbaugh of the Cake Life for her coffee bomb cake.

The cooking duo of Sara Cox and Sarah Greene placed second with their three-course meal of chocolate pasta with chocolate-infused beef Bolognese, homemade biscotti and chocolate espresso.

Pastry chef Tasha Kenney of The Crossing placed third with her chocolate macaroons.

Other participating chefs included Kirk Hepker of The Foodie Call, Collin Wehner, executive chef of the BrickHouse Grille; Abbey Peterson, research and development manager at Baker Boy; Melissa and Hollie Wilson; Austin O’Hara, executive chef at Sodexo; Mechelle McFarland and Lexie Blaik of The Arc Creations Program; and DiCarlo Aroni and Fabby Alvarez of Cup-Burr’n.

“Every year, the culinary talents and creativity of our participating chefs expands,” said Kris Fehr, executive director of BFMP. “We were very fortunate to have showcased 10 beautifully displayed and terrific-tasting desserts and entrees. The event proceeds also will allow us to continue mentoring 22 local youth.”

In addition to highlighting local chefs, the Chocolate Affair Plus featured wine and home-brewed beer tastings, live jazz by the Academic Project, and the chance to win more than 50 prizes, including a nearly $1,400 diamond pendant donated by Riddle’s Jewelry in Dickinson.

Based in Dickinson, BFMP provides mentors to youth ages 6-16 in southwest North Dakota including the city of Dickinson, western Morton and Bowman counties. BFMP also provides mentors to children at-risk of or in out-of-home placement, such as foster care. For more information, call 701-483-8615.