ASBURY PARK, NJ – The first ever culinary cook-off with food products exclusively grown, harvested, raised, bottled and brewed in Monmouth County is set for Monday, October 17 at the Asbury Park Culinary School at 101 Drury Lane.

A competition-style event will pit three teams of Monmouth County food enthusiasts (a professional chef, college culinary student and a county vocational school culinary student) against each other as they compete for medals and bragging rights as the first winners of the Grown in Monmouth Culinary Classic.

Loosely-formatted on the Chopped© Food Network cable television show, the teams will be presented with a basket of Monmouth County ingredients that they will have to create an appetizer, entrée and dessert course for consideration and tasting by panel of three local celebrity judges.

Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone and Freeholder Lillian G. Burry kicked-off the Grown in Monmouth program this year. “Grown in Monmouth is the newest initiative under our Grow Monmouth program,” said Arnone. “This project continues to focus on strengthening all facets of Monmouth County’s agricultural industry and promoting locally grown products. This event marks the harvest season and restates the County’s commitment to assist local and small businesses.”