Rick Mahler-Owner of Packouz Jewelers, was invited once again to be a sous chef in the LUXE Interiors + Design Magazine's "Battle of The Chefs" iron chef style competition in Portland, Oregon. This year marks Rick's 3rd year in a row.
The event took place in Ferguson's bath, kitchen and lighting gallery in NW Portland. Five teams competed; each team had one local celebrity chef to create an appetizer, entree and dessert with the secret ingredients. The secret ingredients were.........pickles, ginger and curry!!
Rick was proud to be on Team El Gaucho--one of his favorite restaurants--with Chef Steve Cain. Although the team would not Rick cook--whew--he had an equally important job selling raffle tickets to raise money for this years non-profit benefactor, the USO helping veterans and their families.
After judging was complete Team El Gaucho came away with the prize of Best Appetizer!! Not shabby. Congratulations Team El Gaucho. Thank you chef Steve for donating your time for this fun event. See you at El Gaucho's soon.