The Genesis Center and We Share Hope Partner Up for “Chopped on A Budget” Culinary Competition

Four alumni from the Genesis Center’s Culinary Arts Training program will compete in creating tasty, cost-effective meals using rescued ingredients from the Hope Market for a panel of judges.
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Box full of rescued ingredients. Photo by Getty Images.

Knowing how to cook on a budget is not only important, it can be fun and challenging in the best way. The Genesis Center and We Share Hope are partnering together for the “Chopped on A Budget” culinary competition, where four graduates of the Genesis Center’s Culinary Arts Training program will go head to head in cooking up the most delicious low-cost meal.

Using the rescued food from Hope Market, the four Genesis Center alumni will demonstrate how to create cost-effective entrées for families on a budget.

“Genesis Center’s culinary program trains students to create thriving careers in the food industry,” says Shannon Carrol, President and CEO of Genesis Center. “Giving these talented graduates the challenge of creating fabulous meals using the rescued food at Hope Market is a great way to showcase their training, and to show that rescued food is a viable option for anyone looking to stretch their budget.”

The event will take place April 15-16, and both days will hold a different challenge. On April 15, the competitors have thirty minutes and the budget of $10 to gather their ingredients at Hope Market. The next day, the preparation of their meals begin at the Genesis Center’s Training Kitchen, and the final product will be critiqued by a panel of four industry judges, including Sanjiv Dhar from Chaska, Emanuele Tampella from La Masseria, Caity Villari from The Capital Grille, RI Hospitality CEO Dale Venturini and Milena Pagan from Little Sister and Rebelle Artisan Bagels.

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