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"Axed Cooking Competition 
featuring Franklin Firefighters

Franklin, TN – Southern Exposure Magazine is thrilled to announce its inaugural “Axed” cooking competition featuring the Franklin Firefighters happening on September 17, 18 and 19. 

Twelve firefighters have accepted the challenge to cook their best dish in order to be named the semi-finalist representing their respective shift (A, B or C) and go on to compete in the final competition and be named “Axed” champion. These contestants range from novice cooks to self-proclaimed foodies – many of whom are self-taught.

Our panel of judges each evening is made up of two local restaurateurs or caterers (see complete list below) as well as one “regular joe” who was selected from a social media campaign in partnership with the City of Franklin. You may access the promo from this link.

The semi finals will take place at Franklin Fire Station 1, located at 500 Hwy 96 West in Franklin from 6-8 p.m. this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening.  Each contestant will have 30 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook their dish to be judged on taste, presentation and creativity with a possible 10 points for each criterion. A perfect score would be 30 points.

The panel of judges include:

Suzette Lane, Catering by Suzette                            

Tim Ness, Cool Café                  

Nick Pelligrino, Mangia
Wes Alexander, Nashville Pizza    

Jay Hislop, Chuys
Ryan Pruitt, Frothy Monkey

Southern Exposure Magazine Publisher, Brandy Blanton also serves as an Alderman-At-Large for the City of Franklin and has the opportunity to visit the local fire stations. She discovered each shift and station has one or two people who have taken the lead in feeding their shift. As a magazine publisher and always being on the lookout for a great story, Blanton knew she hit on something. So what started out as an “In the Kitchen With …” feature for SEM on the Franklin Firefighters has now morphed into a cooking competition which will result in a 2014 calendar fundraiser for the Franklin Firefighters Association (IAFF #3758) as well as a show for Franklin TV.

Posted on: 9/18/2013


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