Columbia area’s top chefs advance to World Food Championship

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A team of six local chefs will represent the Columbia area in a World Food Championship event later this year.

The six were judged the best of the “Taste of Lake Murray” event by 600 people who attended the cooking competition at Columbia’s Hilton DoubleTree on Thursday.

Team Lake Murray Country will now travel to Dallas, Texas, for the “Ultimate Food Fight” the week of Nov. 5-9. There they will take on other top culinary artists from across the country. The top chefs will win $350,000.

The local winning chefs include:

Kevin Schwab of Bistro on the Boulevard

Henry Griffin of Griffin Chophouse

Arif Rizvi of RF’s Corner Grill

Brandon Velie of Juniper

John Worthington of Figaro the Dining Room

Jon Cooper of Alodia’s Cucina Italiana

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