Pizza Throwdown: Old School vs. New School for local charity Bracken’s Kitchen

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It started as a joke amongst friends but has quickly turned into a battle between several high-profile Orange County chefs for a serious cause. New School vs. Old School in a Pizza Throwdown, Sunday, Jan. 29, to raise money for Bracken’s Kitchen, a local food truck that provides FREE meals to those in need.

The competition features Master Baker Dean Kim and Master Pizza Maker Sandro Nardone vs. Brent Omeste and Chad Urata of Centro Collective in Lake Forest (who have some killer Italian food experience of their own). Plus a whole bunch of other great OC chefs have picked sides and are preparing for battle.

What’s at stake? Pride, mostly. And hair, possibly. Dean Kim refuses to lose, he says. Chad and Brent plan to make him eat their pizza, and then his words. Rumor has it, the losing chefs will get their heads shaved. The shaving kit is in Dean’s office, but who knows if it will come out!

Members of the public can purchase tickets to vote in the Throwdown, or simply eat pizza in the parking lot.

Date & Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29 at Orange County Baking Company, 1960 N. Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92865

Cost: $50 VIP-$20 General Admission (online); $5 for pizza in the parking lot (cash donation)

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Click here for more info and a great story by Nancy Luna of the Orange County Register.