Washington State Chefs Association whips up statewide competition

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Looking to prove you know your way around a kitchen stadium?

The Washington State Chefs Association will hold an inaugural culinary competition in mid-June near Sea-Tac, and chefs from around the state and region are invited to compete.

Competition categories, according to a news release, include Chef of the Year, Pastry Chef of the Year and Student Chef of the Year, which are mystery basket competitions, similar to Iron Chef contests in that you will find out what you're cooking when you're about to start.

Other categories include two-person teams, and individual categories in hot food, cold food, and confection/patisserie.

You needn't be a chefs association member to enter, but there is an entry fee.

The contes t will go down June 19 at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Tukwila. The registration deadline is June 1.

Chefs do not have to be members of the ACF or Washington State Chefs Association to compete. All are encouraged to enter.

There is an entry fee for each category. For more information, go to www.washingtonstatechefs.com and click on "Upcoming Events" or e-mail chef Dan Lewark at lewark45@comcast.net.

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Inland Octopus has a new line of clothing to go with its new digs in the heart of downtown.

The toy store at 7 E. Main St. has dubbed the clothing line Polipetti, which is Italian for baby octopi.

At the core of the new line are tie-dye creations from Walla Walla-based Cosmic Farmhouse, a collection of local collaborative artists.

The line also includes hats, flip-flops and an expanded variety of screen print shirts. Embroidered jeans will be added in the coming months.

All sizes from infant to adult 4X are available, according to a news release.

For more information contact Bob Catsiff at 509-526-0115 or email@inlandoctopus.com.

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Baker Boyer Bank has appointed two new members to its Board of Directors.

John R. Valaas of Medina, Wash., a retired president and CEO of First Mutual Bank and First Mutual Bancshares, and Charlie Eglin of Yakima, co-owner of Tri-Ply Construction, Apex Plumbing and Mechanical Piping and Cabinet Tech, were named to the board last week.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Alasdair Stewart can be reached at alasdairstewart@wwub.com or 526-8311.

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