About Leading Men Who Cook

Grant County's Leading Men compete for the title Champion Chef as they prepare some of their favorite dishes. Each chef will raise tips (donations) from guests to benefit the nonprofit of their choice. Tip monies earned by chefs totaled nearly $20,000 for 30 local charities in 2018. Local nonprofits are encouraged to provide a member of their board or staff to serve as a chef and raise tips for their organization. 

Imagine 200 guests gathered together at the Roseburg Event Center for a unique culinary fundraiser, 'Leading Men Who Cook' hosted by LEAD Inc. On Saturday, November 2nd from 6-9 p.m. there will be 30 chef stations positioned around the perimeter of the event center, all manned by local men who are centers of influence in our community. 

Teen chefs

Following last years success, the Teen Chefs are back with your favorite appetizers! 

charity fundraising opportunity

If you serve on a local charity board or are passionate about a local non-profit, take advantage of this event to raise money for your cause.  This event was designed to benefit many organizations in Grant County.  Enter a chef to represent your group.  Brainstorm with your organization how to take advantage of the online tip jars, available Oct. 1st - Nov. 2nd, plus help fill your chefs tip jar with donations the night of the event.  Use social media and creativity to to promote your organization and fill your tip jar.  

Imagine the potential!

meet our 2018 chefs & charities

  • Aaron Vermilion - Boys & Girls Club
  • Big John Morgan - Help the Hopeful
  • Bruce Weatherspoon - Thriving Families,Thriving Grant Co
  • DL Hurd - LEAD Inc.
  • Dave Huffman - Thompson-Ray House
  • Don Tricarico - Carey Services
  • Dr. Bart Bruehler - Circles of Grant County
  • Drew Tittle - Matthews Lions Club
  • Eric Marshall - Main Street Marion
  • Eric Meyer - In A Pinch, Inc. 
  • Isaac Horner - LEAD Inc.
  • Jeff Hahn - Boys & Girls Club
  • Keith Burke - Community Foundation of Grant County
  • Kyle Strohman - Grant County Family YMCA
  • Mayor Jess Alumbaugh - Main Street Marion
  • Michael Belcher - CASA of Grant County

(watch for updates)

  • Michael Dominisse - Family Service Society
  • Nicholas Bird - Eastbrook Future Farmers of America
  • Pat Pearson - Mississinewa High School Band
  • Rick Berbereia - Grant County Rescue Mission
  • Tim Harris - YES! Network
  • Tino Mitchener - Marion Youth Baseball/Softball League
  • Todd Parks - Cancer Services of Grant County
  • Tom Gearhart - Family Service Society
  • Tony Murphy - Help the Hopeful
  • Troy Middleton - Riley Children's Hospital

Introducing--Leading Teens Who Cook

  • Connor Murphy - Madison-Grant HS - MG Wrestling
  • Elizabeth Stallsmith - Eastbrook HS - Help the Hopeful
  • Lauren Belcher - Oak Hill HS - Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund

Former Champion Chef Awards

2018 Kyle Strohman

2017 Jason Ford

2016 Isaac Horner

2015 Isaac Horner

2014 Charlie Wallace

Former Best Dish Awards


Best Overall Dish: Kyle Strohman, YMCA - Honey Ginger Duck Breast

Best Appetizer: Rick Berbereia, Rescue Mission - Angel Hair Poppy's

Best Soup: Brett Carey, STAR - Spicy Sausage Soup

Best Entree: Isaac Horner, Horner's Butcher Block - Whole Hog

Best Side Dish: Troy Middleton - Cowboy Beans

Best Dessert: Dr. Bart Bruehler, IWU - Chocolate Dacquoise

Teen Choice Award: Jim Allbaugh, Carey Services - "ThreePeat"

Online Tip Jars *CLOSED*

Our chefs are competing for the title Champion Chef. Your tip will cast a vote AND all tip monies will benefit the charity of your chef's choice. 

This online tip process allows you the convenience of tipping from your very own sofa, at the event, or even before the event gets started.

Who is your favorite chef? Let us know with an online tip! 

*Online Tip Jars will open October 1st

Online Ticket Sales *CLOSED*

Contact an event coordinator to inquire if tickets are still available. Seating is now only available in the overflow area or on the stage of the event.   

Contact Us

LEAD Inc. Office 765-251-8732

Dianne Harris, Event Logistics, 765-661-3071

Shelly Jones, Charities & Online Tip Jars, 765-674-7290

CJ McAbee-Reher, Communications & Social Media, 765-506-3164

Tim Harris, Sponsorship & Chef Recruitment, 765-661-5708

Jennie Stallsmith, Teen Chefs & Logistics, 765-618-4423