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. 

LMWC ONLINE TIP JARS

NOW OPEN!!!

Grant County's Leading Men compete for the title Champion Chef as they prepare some of their favorite dishes and compete for your tips! Each chef will raise tips (donations) from guests to benefit the nonprofit of their choice. In 2018, tip monies earned by chefs totaled nearly $20,000 for 30 local charities. Tip your chef online today!

2019 LMWC EVENT TICKETS

Sample dishes prepared by local leading men. The evening will include a cash bar, raffle and auction items. Bring cash or credit to "tip" your favorite chef. The Champion Chef award will be presented to the chef who collects the most tips for his charity of choice. 

meet our 2019 chefs & Charities

  • Andrew Sorensen: Riley Hospital in honor of Emery
  • Brad Luzadder: LEAD Inc
  • 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: Matthews Lions Club
  • Eric Meyer: In A Pinch, Inc
  • Evan Gilmore: Lark's Song
  • Isaac Horner: LEAD Inc
  • Jess Alumbaugh: Main Street Marion
  • Jim Allbaugh: Carey Services, Inc.

(Watch for updates)

  • Joe Wallace: Marion Youth Baseball/Football
  • Michael Belcher: CASA
  • 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 years success, the Teen Chefs are back with your favorite appetizers! 

Former Champion Chef Awards

2018 Kyle Strohman

2017 Jason Ford

2016 Isaac Horner

2015 Isaac Horner

2014 Charlie Wallace

Former Best Dish Awards

2017

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"


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


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