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In contest, chefs must ponder how Girl Scout cookies crumble

The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts have sent out a “Call For Chefs” to participate in their Fork It Over culinary event, which will take place at the Delaney House June 25 at from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

In a way reminiscent of the Food Network’s popular cooking show “Chopped,” the event will challenge local chefs to put a new spin on the organization’s famous cookies by incorporating them into their dishes to develop unique and creative recipes.

“Everyone loves the cookies, and we figured this would be a great way to promote our cookies and get out in the community to raise some funds for leadership development,” said Melanie Bonsu, the organization’s fund development associate.

The participating chefs will be provided with a full selection of eight Girl Scout cookie varieties before the event, which will allow them to tinker and experiment with recipes.

They will be asked to prepare about 250 bite-size portions of their final product, which will be displayed on tables at the event and evaluated by a panel of judges.

“It’s very competitive,” said Bonsu. “People take this very seriously, I was actually shocked at our last one in Worcester by some of the displays the chefs came up with. Everything looked so good. People definitely brought their A-game,” she said.

Chefs interested in participating in the event need to commit by May 3 and their recipes are due May 24. According to Bonsu, space is limited and about 18 chefs will compete.

The event is open to the public and will feature live music by Ethel Lee and her Jazz Ensemble, a raffle and a silent auction. All proceeds will be used to support the local Girl Scouts organization.

Tickets are $30 each or four for $100 and are available online at yourtimewellspent.com.

“It’s a really fun time and a great way to promote your business,” said Bonsu. “It’s an interesting and creative way to support our girls.”

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