Local orgs team up for Master Chef Prescott

Benefits U.S. Vets, Meals on Wheels

Chef Harley Ray Guy (Courtesy photo/Tina Blake)

Chef Harley Ray Guy (Courtesy photo/Tina Blake)

Mahi Mahi and Ahi Ceviche with Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Shallots and Blue Corn Chips

Calahoo Soup with Braised Colards, Sweet Potatoes, Cassava and Smoked Paprika Corn

Dorado with a Lemongrass-Citru Fumet, Mofungo Mash, Lime Caviar, Papaya Micro Greens and Fried Shallots

Braised Oxtail with Kanabeck Potato Puree, Jerked Red Bean Ragu, Oxtail Demi-Glace

Habanero and Mango Cheesecake with Citrus Gastriqe

U.S. Vets and Prescott Meals on Wheels are teaming up to do something that Prescott hasn’t seen before, said Meals on Wheels Development Coordinator Tina Blake. It’s called Master Chef Prescott and came out of U.S. Vets’ culinary program given to some of the homeless veterans that come through the facility, said U.S. Vets Development & Activities Coordinator Matthew Phillips.

“By the time they finish, they’re very efficient in the back of the kitchen and able to get work in restaurants and/or also be able to prepare a square meal, know their way around the kitchen, those kinds of things,” Phillips said, mentioning that U.S. Vets Executive Director Carole Benedict approached Meals on Wheels Development Coordinator Tina Blake and asked if it was a possibility to create an event from the program. “We decided to team up and put out something a little different in the community.”

As such, on Saturday, May 20, the two organizations are presenting Master Chef Prescott, the first of what is hoped to be many, said Blake, noting that this one is called Master Chef – I because the hope is to do it more than once a year or at least once a year. Held at the Hilltop Café of Prescott Meals on Wheels, 1280 E. Rosser St, the event is from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Master Chef Harley Ray Guy, the chef at Park Plaza Liquor and Deli, will be teaching a full-day class for four U.S. Vets residents and those veterans will then utilize the skills from their class to cook a five course meal for event attendees. Guy has done a lot of menus for many restaurants in town, Blake said.

“He’s a local and he came up with this menu because he did a lot of training in the Caribbean,” she said. “We’re calling it a Caribbean Flare. The menu is pretty unique.”

The cost to attend is $50, but four community members can pay $100 to be a part of the class as well, Blake said. As of Tuesday, May 16, there are two spots left. The $50 price for a five course meal, including drinks and a wine glass is a great deal according to Guy, she said, mentioning that Guy had said anywhere else it would be between $75 and $100.

Three local artists will be painting Caribbean themed paintings during the course of the event too which will culminate in a wet paint auction, Blake said.

It’s a great collaboration between two community oriented nonprofits that’s also exciting as it offers a unique meal and presents Guy to the community, Phillips said.

“Both organizations are focused on humanitarian needs,” he said. “I think it’s really, really wonderful that these two organizations have decided to come together for one night to support each other and also present out to the community something very unique.”

For more information on the event, becoming a guest chef or to purchase tickets, go online to www.PrescottMealsOnWheels.com or call 928-445-7630 ext. 605.