July 29—Feeling out of their league, a team composed of a chef, two dietitians and an accountant from Oconee County expressed shock after beating out nine other teams in Friday’s Cooking Well Invitational at the Culinary Institute of Charleston.
The invitational spotlighted efforts by South Carolina hospitals to make food healthier and more appetizing. Four-member teams from 10 hospitals had two hours each to create a three-course meal for $5 that met nutritional standards for health.
The event was attended by celebrity chef Robert Irvine, star of the Food Network’s TV show “Restaurant: Impossible.”
The winning team from Oconee Medical Center won for a meal featuring the only vegetarian entrée — a black bean and chickpea burger with avocado cilantro dressing — out of the 10 entries in the contest.