FireKeepers Casino announces Iron Sous Chef winner

Battle Creek, Michigan (ICC/NHB) Feb. 2010

Runner up, Jon Williams,
Winner, Ken Bailey and
FireKeepers Casino Executive
Chef, Michael McFarlen. 

FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan owned by the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, is proud to announce Ken Bailey as the winner of the Iron Sous Chef competition, which concluded Feb. 5, after a three-week competition.

The competition included four rounds, where two chefs went head to head racing against a two-hour deadline and cooking with an assigned secret ingredient. The secret ingredient for the final round was ginger.

Judges of the first three rounds consisted of executive team members of FireKeepers Casino. The winners of each round then went on to compete in the next round.

The final round featured judges from local media outlets including: Michael Patrick Shiels of the Michigan Talk Network, Lori Holcomb of the Battle Creek Enquirer, Eric Gemmel of WWMT News Channel 3, Diane Vunovich of the Rocker Morning Show on WRKR 107.7, and the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi’s Tribal Council Secretary, RoAnn Beebe-Mohr.  

“This competition was a huge success for FireKeepers Casino and our team members,” commented Executive Chef, Michael McFarlen. “A lot of great new recipes came from this competition, which helps keep our menus fresh and allows us to continue bringing the newest and most innovative dishes to Battle Creek. It also gives our team members a sense of pride in their work, contributing to the menus.”  

Chef Ken Bailey, winner of the competition, will have a dish featured in Nibi, FireKeepers’ fine dining restaurant. Chef Bailey is from Lawton, Mich., just south of Paw Paw. He is a chef in the production kitchen at FireKeepers Casino. He has over 15 years of experience.

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