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And They’re Off!

And They’re Off!

Steven returned to Smoke ‘N Fire in Kansas City to launch the Ultimate Grilling Contest–and his 2009 summer tour. The event raised more than $3000 for Steven’s favorite charity, Oxfam, which not only feeds the hungry around the world, but helps the hungry feed themselves. (Check it out:–it’s a great cause.)

To help get eveyone off to a roaring start, Smoke ‘N Fire staged its own Ultimate Grilling Contest, with a dozen KC smoke-meisters competing to be KC’s top dog. Here’s Karen Elizabeth Watts, who did double duty as Steven’s stylist, preparing the dishes he demonstrated on television.

The contest entries ranged from Italian smoked wings with balsamic grilled grapes to barbecued spaghetti. The winner was a spice fired porcini chili rub flanksteak prepared by Josh Hodapp. Thanks and congratulations to all. Once again, Kansas City has raised the bar for everyone.

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