This Sunday, the Wilson School District will host its first Wilson Iron Chef Competition & Benefit Auction.

Local Iron Chef competitions have become increasingly popular since Hamburg debuted its version of the popular competition show in 2011.

Wilson becomes the latest school district to join the trend, hosting their first event this Sunday from 1 until 5 p.m. at the Wilson High School in West Lawn.

Three local chefs will be competing for the Iron Chef title when they battle to create their best dish—using the secret ingredient, of course—in a live, 30-minute competition. Competing for this year’s title are:

-Chef David Shefter, Penn Werner Hotel
-Chef Felix Maietta, ViVa
-Executive Chef Joseph Church, Jimmie Kramer’s Peanut Bar

The prelude to the Iron Chef is the People’s Choice competition. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite dish from six local restaurants. Like Hamburg’s annual competition, the top two vote-getters will be invited back next year to compete for the Iron Chef crown. The six competitors are:

-Deer Lake Pub & Restaurant
-Galen Hall Country Club
-GNA Ristorante
Good Eatz Green Cafe
-h2o Kitchen
-The Hitching Post

In addition, forty local restaurants and other related busineses will be offering tastings and samples of some of their best dishes at Vendor Lane, open until 3:30 p.m.

Attendees also have the opportunity to take home some great items from the live auction, silent auction and raffle.

Admission is $15 for adults, $6 for students and $13 for senior citizens (age 65+). All proceeds benefit the Wilson Education Foundation.

With so much good Berks County food, this is an event I can’t miss.

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