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Battle of Sussex County

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HOSTED BY

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Madeline Overturf & Paul Williams

Madeleine Overturf

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Madeleine has been with Draper Media since 2016, where she first worked as Sussex County Bureau Chief. She helped launch the rebranded WRDE-TV in 2019. As co-anchor of WRDE Coast TV News First at 5:30, Maddie helps organize the evening newscast and performs managerial responsibilities, such as helping find and assign stories, approving scripts, and making content decisions.

 

As Sussex County Bureau Chief, she reported live at a number of high-profile events including the Vaughn Prison Riot, the Blades Water Contamination and then Vice President Joe Biden's return to Delaware after the Inauguration. 

 

When not in the newsroom, Maddie emcees various community events on behalf of the station and serves as the Regional Vice President for the Capital Emmy Board of Governors. She is also a certified cycle and yoga instructor and enjoys teaching, reading, and going to the beach.

Paul Williams

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Paul Williams serves as chief meteorologist for WRDE-TV and Spanish-language Telemundo Delmarva.

 

Paul holds the American Meteorological Society Television Seal of Approval. Most recently he was a senior meteorologist for AccuWeather, based in State College, Pa. There he organized and directed weather coverage for The Accuweather Network, seen in more than 60 markets and on ABC’s World News Now.

 

He holds a bachelor of science degree in meteorology as well as a bachelor of science degree in mass communications with a minor in physics from Jackson State University. He also holds a bachelor of science degree in Bible/counseling from Magnolia Bible College.

 

Paul served as the chief meteorologist for LOCAL 24 (ABC) in Memphis, Tenn., and prior to that finished a second "tour of duty" with WLBT-TV3 in Jackson, Miss., from 1999-2014. It was during this time in which Paul reported on the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

 

Paul moved back to Mississippi to finish raising his three daughters and to avoid moving from station to station during their formative years. This move was from FOX61 in Hartford Conn., where Paul's first position as chief meteorologist began in the late 1990s. He has also worked as a weekend morning meteorologist for KSDK-TV NEWSCHANNEL 5 during the massive floods in the early 90s

JUDGES

Dru Tevis

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"I am so excited to be a judge for the chef throw-down! There is so much culinary talent in Eastern and Western Sussex and I can't wait to see what local flavors the Chefs bring to the table."

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Dr. David Tam

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"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be a 'celebrity' judge for SoDel Fest. This event signifies what makes Sussex County so great -- people coming together to help one another. Beebe Healthcare feels your support in so many ways, and I look forward to seeing you all at the event."

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Sydney Artz

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THIS YEAR'S TEAMS

Chopped-Style Competition

2 teams will compete with a mystery basket of ingredients unveiled at the start of the competition.  They will have only 30 minutes to prepare a masterpiece to be served to our three celebrity judges. They will be judged on taste, plate presentation, performance during the competition, and the use of each ingredient in the mystery basket. 

EAST SUSSEX

Lefty's/Lewes

WEST

SUSSEX

Sugar Beet Market/Bridgeville

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Ian Frank

Lefty's

“At Lefty’s we use fresh local ingredients to create unique delicious food. We will follow the same winning game plan at the chef throw down!“

I started cooking at the age of 14 in a small Greek restaurant just outside of Baltimore. At 18 I attended culinary school in Philadelphia and spent about 5 years absorbing all things culinary the city had to offer. Then I spent a little more than a decade in San Diego California where I was a part of many different f and b operations from chef de cuisine for live nation concert venues to executive chef/banquet chef positions at high end resorts and hotels in the area. After having children and wanting them closer to our family I moved back to the east coast and bounced around a bit to get re-acclimated to the culinary world on the east coast until I found my home at Lefty's Alley and Eats as the Executive Chef and Director of food and beverage!

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Jamie Hopkins

Lefty's

My career in the food industry started a little later than most. I realized my love for food at the age of 30. I started at Dover Downs, making pizzas. Frankie's is where I met my mentor, and very dear friend, who had the faith in me to drive me to where I am today. While working at the casino, I operated and ran the seasonal restaurant with the help of a new and budding line cook. I received a phone call from my mentor inviting me to work at Lefty's. After being here for three years, I was given the opportunity to be the head chef of another restaurant, and successfully ran the business for over a year. However, I missed my Lefty's family and returned. I am now the AGM in training and have the privilege of helping grow the business. I have had no formal training, but my passion for food and love for the industry have led me to where I am today.

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"There’s always 1st place and 2nd place… let’s just say we won’t be 2nd “

My name is Nina Maddox, executive chef at heritage shores. I’m 43 years old and live in Bridgeville, DE. I moved from Wilmington to Sussex County as a teenager. Married my high school love and had three beautiful daughters. Overseeing all the food operations in heritage shores community.

I graduated from Woodbridge High School, developed a love for cooking and never looked back. I started at Tamburellis Italian restaurant and moved to SoDel Concepts in 2017. After taking other executive Chef positions I was offered the position at Heritage Shores and immediately feel in love with the community and staff. To be back in the town I grew up in is also a huge plus!

 

When taking the job offer at heritage shores I knew it would be a change and a challenge for what I was use to but I was ready for the both.

In addition to on-the-job skills, I have to give credit to my husband Jimmy’s family for inspiration. “They are all amazing cooks, Over the past 25 years, I’ve incorporated some of his family members’ styles into my own. It’s helped make me the chef I am today.

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Frank is the Director of Food & Beverage at Heritage Shores. With 21 years of hospitality experience, primarily in kitchens, he feels as if this opportunity will allow him to showcase his knowledge & friendly personality throughout the dining room and tavern. He’s excited to become more hands on with wine lists and work in tandem with Chef Nina Maddox to host wine events in the future. Frank has studied business administration and has also been involved with local culinary associations in years past. Frank’s favorite role has always been as Chef but he has enjoyed his transition over the years into “the host”, per se.

 

Alongside his career as Food & Beverage Director, Frank enjoys spending time with his daughters and his family having dinners, swimming & watching movies; He also enjoys working out and playing golf when his time allows!