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 were 30 chef stations positioned around the perimeter of the event center, all manned by local men who are centers of influence in our community. 

2019 chefs & Charities

  • Andrew Sorensen: Riley Hospital in honor of Emery
  • Anthony Horton: Boys & Girls Club
  • Big John Morgan: Help The Hopeful
  • Brad Luzadder: Let My Light Shine
  • D.L. Hurd: Habitat for Humanity
  • Dave Huffman: Thompson-Ray House
  • Dr. Bart Bruehler: Circles of Grant County
  • Dr. Shankaran Srikanth: Family Services Society
  • Drew Tittle: Cancer Services of Grant County
  • Eric Meyer: In A Pinch, Inc.
  • Evan Gilmore: Lark's Song
  • Gary Taylor: Visually & Hearing Impaired Services
  • Isaac Horner: LEAD Inc
  • Jeff Fannin: Concerts in the Park

  • Jess Alumbaugh: Main Street Marion
  • Jim Allbaugh: Carey Services, Inc.
  • Joe Wallace: Marion Youth Baseball/Football
  • Michael Belcher: CASA of Grant County
  • Patrick Pearson: Mississinewa High School Band
  • Rick Berbereia: Grant County Rescue Mission
  • Ryan Campbell: Cancer Services of Grant County
  • Shane Laubach: Wilson-Vaughan Hostess House
  • Tim Harris: LEAD Inc
  • Tim Root: Grant County Family YMCA
  • Tino Mitchener: Marion Youth Baseball/Football
  • Todd Parks: Cancer Services of Grant County
  • Tom Gearhart: Family Services Society
  • Tony Murphy: Help the Hopeful

Teen chefs

Following last year's success, the Teen Chefs are back with your favorite appetizers! 

  • Connor Murphy, Madison-Grant High School: Madison-Grant Wrestling
  • Elizabeth Stallsmith, Eastbrook High School: LEAD Inc
  • Lauren Belcher, Oak Hill High School: Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Layla Ping, Mississinewa High School: LEAD Inc
  • Reagan Futrell, Eastbrook High School:  Help the Hopeful

Former Champion Chef Awards

2019 Tim Root

2018 Kyle Strohman

2017 Jason Ford

2016 Isaac Horner

2015 Isaac Horner

2014 Charlie Wallace

Former Best Dish Awards


Best Overall Dish: Tony Murphy - Baked Potato Soup

Best Entree: Kyle Strohman - Seasoned Lamb Chop with Sweet Balsamic Reduction

Best Entree: Tino Mitchener - Beef Enchiladas

Best Side Dish: Eric Meyer - Tomato Apple Bisque

Best Dessert: Big John Morgan - Strawberry Champagne Cake Balls

Teen Choice Award: Lauren Belcher - Bread Bowl with Dip

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!

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

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