Rob Evans knows what it’s like to be under the gun and wielding a knife on the fast-paced Food Network show “Chopped.” He won $10,000 on the show, and then later became a runner-up on “Chopped Champions.”

Now Evans will be on the other side of the stove, doling out mystery baskets of ingredients and judging the food of four Portland chefs in a local version of the popular show.

The Portland “episode” of “Chopped” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. May 19 at Grace, the restaurant at 15 Chestnut St. It’s a benefit for the Good Shepherd Food Bank’s “Cooking Matters Maine” program, which teaches low-income families how to shop for and prepare healthy meals at home.

In 2013, Cooking Matters Maine will offer more than 100 classes in all 16 counties of Maine. Many of the classes are taught by local chefs.

The chef competitors in the “Chopped”-style show at Grace will be Mitch Gerow of The East Ender, Jason Loring of Nosh Kitchen Bar, Jeff Landry of The Farmer’s Table and Peter Sueltenfuss of Grace.

Their food will be judged by Evans, owner of Duckfat, and Joe Ricchio, food editor at Maine Magazine and host of the web-based series “Food Coma TV.”

Evans has been a big supporter of Good Shepherd, and recently christened the food bank’s new food truck, which will travel around the state in support of the Cooking Matters Maine program.

Tickets for the event are $40 each and available at Eventbrite.

In addition to the show, there will be a cash bar with specialty drinks, and ticket holders will get to taste food and drink from lots of local restaurants and beverage companies.


Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at [email protected]

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