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Bartlesville Searches For The "Wright" Chef

Posted at 10:16 PM, Feb 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-17 23:30:27-05

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The search is on for the "Wright" chef.

Bartlesville’s Price Tower Arts Center hosted its third annual competition to find a new chef Monday night. The Price Tower was designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Five chefs from across the nation are cooking up dishes to impress a panel of 12 judges. Then, they’re given a secret ingredient and have two hours to create an appetizer.

Chef Jordan Keen is from Tampa Bay, Florida, and says if he wins, he’s looking forward to trying something new.

“It’d be cool to do something fresh," Keen said. "Me and my wife have been talking about getting out of Florida for a while. So, it’d be kind of nice to be in a different area and, yeah, a change of scenery.”

Chef Matthew Barton Mattox of New Mexico says he’s a big fan of Frank Lloyd Wright and wants to open a new resort. He says this competition is part of his path to mixing culinary arts with architecture.

“It’d be like a confirmation that I’m on the right track and then moving towards the idea, because this is a community of artists and architects," Mattox said.

Each chef’s appetizer is served at a reception at the Price Tower where people can vote on their favorite. The Price Tower Arts Center says they’re looking for someone to get creative and bring in new ideas.

“Trying to create like an artist in residence, but from the culinary perspective," Loyd said. "And so trying to bring somebody in who wants to maybe potentially own their own restaurant or just wants to really have the opportunity to have full reign over their menus.”

The winner stays on as chef at the Price Tower for one year. This year’s winner is Chef Jordan Keen.

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