Who Will Be Millbury's "Bicentennial Chef 2012" ?

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Dean Dellaventura is known for his 5-layer lasagna at his Scales Seafood Restaurant.
Dean Dellaventura is known for his 5-layer lasagna at his Scales Seafood Restaurant. Photo Credit: Facebook

MILLBURY, Mass. —  Who will be Millbury's next Top Chef? The Millbury Bicentennial Committee has announced the names of the local chefs who will contend for the title of “Millbury Bicentennial Chef 2012” at this year’s Millbury Bicentennial Committee Wine Tasting and Culinary Competition. The event will be held on Nov. 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Asa Waters Mansion.

The chefs are reigning Millbury Bicentennial culinary competition winners Dean and Shari Dellaventura; June Weiner, the winner from 2009; and competition newcomer Pepper’s Fine Catering.

A chef for nearly three decades, Dean Dellaventura has served as an executive chef throughout New York and Massachusetts, including at Lyndon “LB” Byers restaurant and Angry Ham’s Garage. In 2009, Dean and Shari’s talents landed them on national TV in NBC’s restaurant competition reality show, “The Chopping Block.”  Today, the couple owns Scales Seafood & Ice Cream in Millbury.

Weiner is passionate about creating unique and scrumptious dishes. Last year, she hosted a cooking show called “The Casual Gourmet,” which was filmed in her own kitchen and was shown on local cable television in Ashland. Weiner and her husband, Dan, recently opened Berry Bon Bon, a self-serve frozen yogurt shop in Holliston that offers 15 frozen yogurt flavors and more than 30 toppings.

According to Pepper’s Fine Catering, food is not just a meal, it's an experience to be savored, revered, and celebrated. Pepper’s has won numerous catering awards and accolades, including being named best caterer in both Worcester Magazine’s annual “Best of” edition since 2006, and in Worcester Living’s “Best of” issue since 2008.

At the event, each chef will create tapas-sized portions of their signature creation, with guests in attendance sampling each and then voting by secret ballot to determine the winner. Lenny’s Liquors will again provide dozens of varieties of wine and beer for sampling.

Tickets to the event are $25 each and all proceeds from the event will help fund the town’s planned bicentennial events. Supplies are limited. Last year’s event nearly sold out. Advance tickets are highly recommended and are available at Millbury Savings Bank’s Elm Street office, Millbury Federal Credit Union’s Main Street office, Ray’s True Value, or Lenny’s Liquors.

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