COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.-Local chefs from across southwest Florida are cooking for a cause. It's all a part of the St. Matthew's House "Chopped" competition.
This isn't Lieutenant Craig Weinbaum's usual kitchen. The East Naples fire fighter is used to cooking at his fire station.
"You can tell that it's going to be challenging, but then again I cook for fire fighters and they can be challenging too."
That's because today he's preparing a meal for 150 people, residents of St. Matthew's House, and cooking with food he hadn't even seen until he walked through the door.
"When you come in here and realize they do so much with so little, and we're so blessed that we get to go to the store and pick up whatever
we want and we have to make do with what they are donated. So it's challenging," said Lt. Weinbaum.
Blake Becker with St. Matthew's House came up with the idea on Facebook.
"And mainly the awareness for the residents is what we really want to bring today we want them to have the best meal possible but we also
want the chefs to see what really goes on here on a daily basis," said Becker.
Except the everyday chefs don't have to worry about their meals being judged and scored.
"The residents have scorecards. And they get to rate the chefs," said Executive Chef, Eric Delano.
The winner will then go on to compete against Delano in an Iron Chef-like competition that will be held in late February.