The 10th annual Iron Chef Goes Coastal, a fundraiser for the United Way of Clatsop County held Nov. 7 at the Seaside Convention Center, raised a record $60,000.
The event sold out and attracted 650 attendees, organizers said.
John Sowa, from Sweet Basils, and Jeff Martin, from Silver Salmon Grille, prevailed over Jonathan Hoffman, of Chef’s Table and Dough Dough Bakery, and Josh Bokish, from Osprey Café.
The money will be invested into 14 partner agencies “who fight for the health and safety of every person in Clatsop County,” Jennifer Holen, executive director of United Way of Clatsop County, said in a release.
The chefs and restaurants that participated in the people’s choice savory and dessert made for a tough competition, Holen noted, but only two will advance to next year’s stage to compete against and alongside this year’s winners.
The top two votes went to Maggie’s on the Prom and Fort George Brewery. Sea Star Gelato, in Seaside, won best desserts in Clatsop County.
“These funds raised are part of a bigger picture, a larger goal, and are only a fraction of what is needed to not only build, but maintain the overall health of our communities,” Holen wrote. “In a world of unknowns and current climate, both political and literal, we applaud you for standing up together and standing up united.”
Iron Chef Goes Coastal raises $60,000 for United Way