BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Forget Kitchen Stadium — these chefs are bringing "an open heart and an empty stomach" to Bed-Stuy.
The Brooklyn Chef battle, hosted by Brooklyn chef and food activist Janelle Galvez, is a cooking competition modeled after the popular Food Network show, complete with an unknown "secret ingredient" that all participants must use as the centerpiece of their dish.
Each of the chefs will use fresh, seasonal ingredients to teach the audience about healthy eating.
"What we wanted to do is involve youth somehow and educate them on eating healthier," Galvez said. "I love the whole 'Iron Chef' battle idea, and so I thought it would be more engaging."
Two of the teams are sponsored by Brooklyn organizations: East New York Farms, which every year trains 33 kids to grow, harvest and sell their own food, and Chaitty Coffee Shop, a Bed-Stuy cafe, will each sponsor one child and one adult in the competition.
Boston-based organization Oldways Preservation, a healthy cooking education nonprofit, will sponsor two other Brooklyn chefs.
Parents can even bring their kids for a "baby chef battle," featuring children between 5 and 8.