Christine CorradoJun 5, 2017, 8:26 pmJun 9, 2017, 3:17 pm

Rob Petrone competes in 'Chopped'-style competition

At the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, chefs had to cook 3 meals in 30 minutes, using only $30

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It is the Hudson Valley's own version of Chopped: where competitors from around the tri-state area are paired with television personalities to create three meals in thirty minutes, using only $30.

"It’s everything I thought it would be,” said Rob Petrone, host of Restaurant Hunter. “It’s chaotic, it’s crazy. Luckily I had a great partner but you’re going to make mistakes."

Held at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, the event paired with Chef Jenna Cuccia, who owns the 17 Summer restaurant in Lodi, New Jersey.

Hosted by lifestyle magazine New York Moves, the Personal Chef Challenge is in its 9th year. And chefs are given the ingredients 5 minutes before the competition begins.

Moonah Ellison, publisher of New York Moves magazine praised the chefs:
"They were nicely paired with the ingredients that Rob selected that the chef had seen for the first time and I think it’s engaging in that process with what they create on the spot which is what is fun about the personal chef challenge."

Competitors were required to use pasta in one of their courses. The first course the duo created together was a pasta pamadoro.

"I didn’t think I was going to be able to do this,” said Cuccia. “But I did it and it was great and Rob was such a great help."

The second course was seared tuna with an avocado cream. That was gollowed by the third course, Johnny Cakes, a type of cornmeal flatbread with macerated strawberries

"The judges said I did a great job of searing that tuna so I think we did a good job," said Petrone.

The chefs and television personalities find out the winners of the competition at the Barilla Restaurant in Manhattan at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

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