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Lexington Chef Wins Battle of the Blades Culinary Competition

Lexington, SC – Famed French chef, restaurateur, and culinary writer Auguste Escoffier once said that “Good food is the foundation to genuine happiness”. At Wellmore, an upscale senior living community in Lexington, genuine happiness is found throughout their dining department, and this week their team has a lot to be happy about.

On July 27th, Wellmore’s Executive Chef, Julio Cera was awarded 1st place at The Battle of the Blades, a culinary competition hosted in Amelia Island, Florida. The competition pitted Executive Chefs from fifteen retirement communities against one another, tasking them to create unique appetizers and entrees with special ingredients. Emcee for the evening, Chef Adam Sears required teams to include pork belly and a starch (white beans, rice, polenta, granola, or lentils) in the appetizer, while swordfish and stone fruit (peaches, plums, or nectarines) were required for the entrée. Chef Cera’s team was victorious, placing 1st in the competition. “The competition was fierce, but the thing that stood out most to me was the caliber of chefs that are working in these communities” said Chef Cera, “they’re taking retirement dining to a whole new level and pushing culinary boundaries.”

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