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Chefs to battle it out using local ingredients at Inspired Home Expo 

–Taste Buds TV Show and Simply Clear Marketing and Media are rolling out the first Best Hidden Treasure Chef Competition. The contest includes chef’s competing in a “Chopped” style battle at the Inspired Home Expo using a CSA box from Talley Farms.

Nominated chefs are:

  • Hannah and Michael Avila of Surfside Deli
  • Resendo Perez of Papi’s Grill
  • John Carswell of SLO’s Finest Catering
  • Cory Beckwith of Puffers of Pismo
  • Efren Alvares of Efren’s Mexican Restaurants
  • Anatoly “Toyla” Vorontsov of Enjoy Euro Deli


Chefs will receive a Talley Box of produce and fruits and protein from Larder Meat Company. “There’s a couple things in here I haven’t worked with before, but I’m not afraid,” said Chef Alvares.

A panel of professional judges will oversee the blind arbitrating while the attendees of the Inspired Home Expo can taste and vote for the People’s Choice. Chefs will be judged on use of ingredients, presentation, taste and originality. After the show, each chef will receive a full-page layout with the recipe and pictures in the Inspired Heath Magazine.

“I have created a Hidden Treasure Best Chef Competition because the smaller restaurants can’t and shouldn’t compete with the large ones,” said Teri Bayus of Taste Buds, “Like my show, we feature the Hidden Treasure Chefs as a bonus of what a creative, passionate chef can do on a limited budget.”

The live event will be held on Sunday, Aug. 27 at the Inspired Home & Gourmet Expo of Paso Robles at the Paso Robles Event Center from 1-3 p.m. Attendees can sample and vote for the Best Chef People’s Choice at the Inspired Home Expo at the Paso Robles Events Center on Aug. 26-27.

Judges include; Katy Budge of Casa Festiva and SLO Tribune, Robert Penaflor of Trends Salon, Rebecca Rose of the Santa Maria Sun, Gary Bayus of Prestige Business Sales, Roxanne Marie Sanders of Glean SLO and Teresa Marie Wilson, managing editor of Simply Clear Marketing, Inc.

The judge’s choice and people’s choice winners will be announced Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

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