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Calling All Chefs and Bartenders: Upcoming Competitions Offer Big Prizes!

The Oklahoma Restaurant Association is making preparations for two popular competitions to be held during the 2017 Oklahoma Restaurant Convention & Expo on August 30 and 31. The official applications have been made available; all we need are applicants!

The ORA Culinary Cook-off is a cooking competition in which 12 of the most talented chefs in Oklahoma will race the clock to create dazzling dishes using a mystery basket of ingredients. Chefs will compete in various heats until the contest is narrowed down to the last two chefs. Competitors are taken on a first-come first-serve basis, and space is limited. 

The ORA Cocktail Shakedown involves bartenders putting their skills and abilities to the test as they compete to move through timed heats of cocktail preparations. As each competitor lifts a shaker and creates his or her requisite signature concoction, they race the clock to create innovative and delicious cocktails that will be judged on taste and balance, originality, drink presentation, and stage presentation. 

If you are interested in competing in either competition, or know of someone who is, please apply today!  

***Those interested in sponsoring either event can now do so online, via the ORA Culinary Cook-off or the ORA Cocktail Shakedown partnership links.


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