The annual event is a fundraiser for United Way of Clatsop County. Each year, the previous year’s Iron Chef winners, chosen by a panel of judges, and the People’s Choice winners draw knives to form two competing teams.
Leroux passed the torch to fellow Wayfarer chef Josh Archibald.
Bedard and Archibald will draw knives with this year’s People’s Choice winners—Chris Holen of Baked Alaska Restaurant in Astoria and Sebastian Carosi of Pickled Fish in Longbeach, Wash.—to form new teams.
All food is donated by Food Services of America and the participating restaurants and chefs donate their time to the event, so 100 percent of the money raised benefits United Way of Clatsop County and its 12 partner agencies.
More than 500 people attended the event. Organizers said it was very successful and raised $35,000 for United Way of Clatsop County plus an additional $10,000 matching grant from US Bank.
The event also received a $10,000 matching grant from US Bank.