Boulder, CO, July 8, 2011 – ZisBoomBah.com will be hosting their sixth Iron Chef-style cooking competition as part of the Pick Chow! Across America national tour, which teaches kids and parents how to create fast, delicious and healthy meals in 20 minutes. The team from Boulder, will be traveling to Portland and will be presenting at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for the Bite of Oregon, August 12th-14th. In a three-day cooking extravaganza, six famous chefs will compete for one of the three Pick Chow! Across America’s Cook-off winning titles. Families, especially the kids, will meet the famous chefs, receive amazing kid-friendly recipes & samples to take home and try out themselves!
ZisBoomBah is bringing their website’s online food game, Pick Chow!, along with their animated ant trio, Zis, Boom and Bah to life at the Bite of Oregon with an estimated 40,000 attendees from around the area coming to experience the food and culture that Portland has to offer. Each one-hour live Iron Chef- style cook-off will feature kid culinary critics, who will judge which chef and kid assistant duo served up the tastiest, kid-friendly recipe. What will the secret ingredient be? Make sure to be there as the clock begins and it’s unveiled in front of the audience or all of the recipes and products will be featured after the event at www.zisboombah.com.
The Three – Day Cook-Off Showdowns
The line up is as follows. On Friday August 12 at 11:15 AM, Chef Christopher Thompson, Iorio and Chef Cathy Whims, Nostrana compete. Can’t make it to Friday’s cook-off! You have two more days to check out the exciting event! On Saturday August 13th at 11:15 AM Chef Andy Arndt, Aquariva will be competing with a famous chef that will be announced. ZisBoomBah will rap up the weekend on Sunday August 14th at 10:45 AM with celebrity chefs Bob Blumer of Food Network and Little People, Big World’s Amy Roloff.
“ZisBoomBah is taking on its toughest challenges yet with three separate cooking competitions. The tremendous talent and surprises the chef’s have up their sleeves will definitely make for entertaining events that families will love” said Mike Carcaise, ZisBoomBah COO and co-founder. “We are so excited to be a part of the Bite of Portland where we can show kids and their families that it’s okay to play with your food as we like to say at ZisBoomBah.” ZisBoomBah will have an extended presence at a 3-day booth where families can view the fun ways the website educates kids and families.
ZisBoomBah.com is an innovative website that challenges conventional wisdom through tools that empower children and inspire parents to live a fun, active, and healthy life. Backed by a panel of health, nutrition, and food experts, ZisBoomBah.com provides games, recipes, contests, and more that educate kids and parents about food. The site’s free online tool “Pick Chow!” was awarded the Grand Prize in First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! “Apps for Healthy Kids” Competition and received the PTPA (Parent Test, Parent Approved) Seal of Approval from an independent panel of parent volunteers. ZisBoomBah.com hosts Pick Chow! Across America cook-off events in select locations across the US featuring celebrity chefs and kid assistants who compete to develop kid-friendly, healthier meals.
Chef Christopher Thompson
With over 20 years of experience in the industry, Chef Chris Thompson is the owner and chef of Portland’s Iorio, named Best Restaurant winner in 2010 by Portland Citysearch. Iorio, which is inspired by Thompson’s great grandmother, Julie Iorio, was recently featured in the national television ad campaign for Microsoft’s online search engine, “Bing”. Chef Chris is known for his seasonal menu, incorporating Portland’s local and organic options by bringing out their natural flavor. While going to school at Western Culinary Institution he cooked in various Oregon top spots like The Heathman and Southpark. Chef Chris is inspired by “the surrounding treasures Oregon has to offer” and uses those surroundings to his culinary advantage.
Chef Cathy Whims
Chef Cathy Whims opened Nostrana in 2005 and earned Best Restaurant of the Year by The Oregonian. Nostrana was raved about in Bon Appetit Magazine. Prior to co-opening Nostrana, Chef Cathy worked and eventually became co-owner at Genoa Italian restaurant. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in Latin. Chef Cathy has studied under other prominent chefs such as Marcella and Victor Hazan in Venice and Madeleine Kamman at the School for American Chefs. She has also cooked with famous chefs such as Giancinto Albarello and Marco Forneris. Chef Cathy Whims was a James Beard Award finalist for “Best Chef Northwest” in 2009 and 2010.
Chef Andy Arndt
Chef Andy Arndt has over 20 years of cooking experience in some of the country’s most acclaimed restaurants. Chef Andy attended the California Culinary Academy learning about seasonal ingredients in and around the Bay Area while also working at San Francisco’s Boulevard. Moving on to award-winning Mc2 restaurant, Chef Andy learned French-Califronia Cuisine with a Japanese twist. Switching coasts, Chef Andy working with some of the best chefs in New York City at Union Pacific, March, and Gramercy Tavern. Most recently, he was an Executive Chef at Ojai Valley inn and Spa, where his locally inspired cuisine helped the resort win the AAA Five Diamond Award. Chef Andy is currently Executive Chef at Aquariva Restaurant where he has created an Italian-inspired menu using hand-selected Northwest ingredients.