Giveaway: Win 2 tickets to the Top Chef NWA event at Metro Appliances!

TOP CHEF NWA 2019, Metro Appliances

If you’re a Top Chef fan — or just a fan of fantastic food —  you’ll want to be at Metro Appliances & More on June 7th as regional guest chefs battle it out to see who will be the last chef standing.

Each ticket holder will be a winner, considering they’ll get to experience this one-of-a-kind dining experience. {Upgrade to the VIP treatment and enjoy a private visit with Chef Mario Valdovino, a special tasting, and unique VIP cocktail.}

One lucky mama and her guest will get to enjoy the evening for FREE (see below for instructions on how to enter the giveaway).

If you don’t want to miss out, be sure to grab a ticket now. All proceeds benefit the Rogers Public Library Foundation, in support of providing programs and services to the Rogers Public Library. RLPF is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so your contribution is tax deductible as allowed by law.

Regular tickets are $75 and VIP tickets are $100. (Remember, the VIP treatment includes a private visit with the chef, a special tasting and a unique VIP cocktail.)

About Chef Mario:

Chef Mario is the Corporate Executive Chef and Senior Director of Culinary Innovations in the Insights & Innovation Group at Tyson. He creates, develops and tests new products for the Consumer Products and Food Service divisions. This means he’s Tyson’s go-to guy for creating some of the company’s tastiest cuisine available.

Mario’s obsession with creating edible art began when he graduated from the University of California. So he headed to San Francisco to attend a small private culinary academy for some hard-core culinary education. Amassing from experience he gained from his work in cruise ship, bistro, hotel & fine-dining kitchens, Mario parlayed this into a career in food production as the corporate chef for Mallard’s Food Products, later combining his culinary mastery and knowledge of food technology as a research chef at Culinary Foods in Chicago.

In addition to many awards and accolades, Mario is committed to the development of new food products and is the author of “Chef Formulation and Integration: Ensuring that Great Food and Food Science Work Together.” Mario has also appeared as a guest judge on the popular Food Network show “Chopped,” as well as being a restaurateur in NWA creating eateries dedicated to modern Ozark cuisine. In March, Chef Mario was the recipient of the Research Chefs Association 2019 Pioneer Award; Pioneer in Culinology®: A person who, through their own lifetime achievements, has become a recognized leader in the food industry utilizing the practice of combining culinary craftsmanship and food science.

About the battling chefs:

  • Nick Gibbs was raised in Colorado Springs and attended Johnson and Wales University in Denver. He then spent two years as a chef on the west side of Maui. In Maui and Denver, he worked at a variety of restaurants and hotels including Son’z at Swan Court, and the Grand Hyatt Denver. Since 2007 he’s been in Northwest Arkansas as a chef for a local company. In the last year he moved to the corporate world.
  • Chris Spagna joined the Tyson embedded chef team in April. Chris will be stationed in the Discovery Center in Springdale. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Chris graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and has worked in and operated a number of well-run kitchens. Chris was most recently at Bouchon Bistro in Las Vegas, Nevada, a part of The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group where he led a team of 50 team members.

Click here to get your Top Chef NWA tickets or to find out more about the event.


If you’d love to win 2 tickets to enjoy the Top Chef NWA event at Metro Appliances on June 7th, scroll down to the bottom of this post and then past the comments posted by other moms.

Then write a quick comment telling us which recipe you make over and over for your family — or a dish your own mom made for you constantly as a kid. Bonus entry if you share the recipe!

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  1. I would LOVE to win! My birthday is the 5th and this would make a fun celebration. My mom always made our family “porcupine meatballs” which were beef meatballs rolled in rice. I LOVE them. I’ll share the recipe below.

  2. I love ALL the cooking shows, especially Top Chef! My go to recipe is spaghetti with meat sauce. It’s a staple in our rotation.

  3. My mom made the best Potato pancakes!

    The best part about it is they go with everything!

    Plus- I can’t forget her pot roast – you can jazz it up or keep it simple. Always an easy go to!

  4. I would love to win! My Tortilla Soup is delicious and simple! Marcia’s Tortilla Soup:

    1 box of Chicken broth
    1 large jar of salsa, medium spice is best
    1 can of sweet corn
    1 pint of heavy cream
    Add all in a bigger size pot, heat quickly and lower heat, watch at all times, so it doesn’t boil over.
    Add the following to your soup bowl:
    Tortilla chips
    Fiesta or Mexican cheese

  5. My daughter and I love to cook and watch cooking shows. We make stir fry quite often: 1 lb ground Turkey browned, 2 bags ramen noodles plus one seasoning pack, half a bag stir fry vegetables. Cook noodles and veggies then add seasoning and meat plus soy sauce to your taste preference.

  6. This sounds so fun! My favorite recipe to cook and one my mom made growing up is pot roast. Roast, potatoes, carrots and Lipton onion soup mix in a broiler pan.

  7. I frequently make homemade chicken noodle soup for my family. It is my girls’ favorite!

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