Gridiron Chef Competition Extends Football Rivalry From the Field to Kitchen
VIP Event with Celebrities and NFL Players Will Benefit Sandy Hook Promise
New York Giants safety Stevie Brown will face off against Washington Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson in Pro Player Insiders first Gridiron Chef competition. Chef Plum, an avid football fan and chef extraordinaire will host the no-holds barred culinary cook-off along with Pro Player Insiders Melissa Mahler. Featuring food, fun and football, the event and will also benefit the Sandy Hook Promise. Chef Plum appeared on this season’s The Taste on ABC, the Food Network and is a columnist for ProPlayerInsiders.com.
It didn't take long for the smack-talking to begin between these two rivals as Jackson said, “It’s an opportunity to show off my cooking skills and have a little fun, but also remember those families who are still suffering. Plus, I know I'm a better cook than Stevie Brown.” Brown responded by saying, “I am not the best chef in the world but I know I will take home the crown of top Gridiron Chef.”
- Red Carpet & Cocktail & Food 5:30
- 1st NFL Player Cooks 6:30
- Judging 7:15
- 1st intermission 7:40
- 2nd NFL Player Cooks 7:45
- Judging 8:20
- 2nd intermission 8:40
- Final winner announced 8:45
- End 9pm
THE GRIDIRON CHEFS - NFL PLAYERS:
Stevie Brown of the New York Giants
Brown will be entering his fourth NFL season and is coming off the best season of his career. In his first year with the Giants, Brown made 76 total tackles with eight interceptions, good for second in the league. It was the highest interception total by a member of the Giants since 1968 when Willie Williams had 10. His 307 interception return yards were the fourth highest total in NFL history. Brown has also taken part in NFL Play 60 since 2010 and Read America since 2012.
Rob Jackson of the Washington Redskins
Rob Jackson has played all five seasons of his career with the Washington Redskins and is coming off the best year of his career. Playing as a backup through much of his first four seasons, Jackson replaced the injured Brian Orakpo in the starting lineup for the Redskins in 2012 and made the most of his starting opportunity be intercepting a pass and returning it for his first career NFL touchdown against the St. Louis Rams. He finished the season with four interceptions, 4.5 sacks and 35 tackles.
Jackson was born in West Haven, Conn., and played football at West Haven High School. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft and has secured his place firmly on the Redskins’ roster with his outstanding play.
THE CELEBRITY CHEF JUDGES:
DiMeo was on ABC's prime time cooking show with Anthony Bourdain and Nigella Lawson and is a winner of the Food Network's "Chopped.” She is the co-star of the worldwide traveling cooking show, “Mission Menu,” for TLC/Discovery International and NUVO TV.
Kelly played in the NFL for 13 years with the Atlanta Falcons and Cincinnati Bengals. He was a part of the Falcons team that became the first franchise in NFL history to win a game at the famed Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers in 2003. Kelly retired in 2011 and is focusing his efforts on his family food line, KYVAN Foods. The company produces salsa, seasoning, and sauces to bring a taste of the south to the world. The company is named after his two kids, Kyla and Kavan.
Daisy was taught at an early age by both her grandmothers and great aunt Daisy, after whom her company is named. A graduate of Wofford College, Daisy has been in the food business for over 30 years. Daisy Cakes began in June 2009 and in April 2011; she was cast in the ABC show “Shark Tank.” Along with the help of her business partner, Barbara Corcoran, many opportunities have come her way. She has been on “The Nate Berkus Show,” Anderson Cooper, ABC World News, Today Show, The Taste, and QVC. Daisy Cakes have also been featured as a prize on “The Price Is Right” and “Wheel of Fortune.”
The Sandy Hook Promise (sandyhookpromise.org) Sandy Hook Promise (SHP) is a non-profit corporation created by members of the community of Newtown, Connecticut in response to the shooting on December 14, 2012, at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, which killed 20 children, four teachers and two administrators. The first mission of SHP is to support the families of the victims, the survivors, first responders and teachers and staff of the school as well as the community of Newtown by providing financial and service support and assistance whenever possible and for as long as it takes for each individual to heal. We support common sense solution to help reduce gun violence.
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ProPlayerInsiders & Chef Plum
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Chef Plum of Plum-Luv-Foods is a graduate from The Culinary Institute of America with over 18 years of experience. He has worked all over the east coast in five-star hotels and resorts, as well as great small neighborhood restaurants. Plum-Luv-Foods was born in 2006 and since then has brought great whole farm foods to families, small parties, Broadway actors, executives, Food Network and network TV. An avid Football fan, Plum is the food writer for proplayerinsiders.com giving his weekly take and recipe for great game day foods and is also as an award winning on-camera talent for ehow.com and was recently on ABC’s The Taste and Food Network.