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Chef’s Challenge Whips Up Donors

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Lumberyard owner Cary Redfearn, center, flanked by school principals, from left, Chris Duddy, Michael Conlon, Jennifer Salberg and Chris Herzfeld.  Photo by Blue Sky's Studio.

Lumberyard owner Cary Redfearn, center, flanked by school principals, from left, Chris Duddy, Michael Conlon, Jennifer Salberg and Chris Herzfeld.
Photo by Blue Sky’s Studio.

SchoolPower’s seventh annual Chef Challenge, generously hosted by Cary and Suzanne Redfearn at Lumberyard restaurant, treated 130 guests to a lively dinner while raising $9,516 for Laguna Beach schools.

Principals of the four Laguna schools teamed up and selected competing menus, prepared by Lumberyard Chef Armando Ortega. Elementary school leaders and defending champions Michael Conlon and Chris Duddy made a strong showing with crab arancini, pan roasted John Dory and chocolate creme brulee. But ultimately, the upper schools’ Jenny Salberg and Chris Herzfeld reaped the most votes with their smoked salmon toast, roasted pork loin and salted caramel bread pudding.

Amy Kramer, president of the group that raises money for Laguna’s public schools, announced the winning team.

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