Local chefs competing for the good of a local organization

By WEEK Producer

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 7:24 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- A local non-profit is marinating funds off the success of a national television show.

Monday, four local chefs competed in the second round of Central Illinois' own version of the hit Bravo show, "Top Chef."

The competition is a fundraiser for PARC, an organization that serves physically and developmentally disabled people throughout the region.

Monday's challenge was to prepare a piece of meat, and pair it with a wine donated by the Blanchard Family.

The winner was Chef Dustin Allen of Magnolia's on Prospect, with a pan-seared, blackened pork tenderloin.

"We just love being in the kitchen. The opportunity to come out to cook is really a prize in itself. It lets every Chef showcase what they do and what their abilities in the culinary world are," said Magnolia's on Prospect Chef Dustin Allen.

The 2nd Annual Bon Appetit Live competition concludes Thursday at the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria.

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