Two Distinguished Chefs and Local Youths to Judge Y.E.S. Chef! Culinary Competition

The Joseph Initiative Inc. is pleased to announce that two distinguished chefs, Bruce Brown from Bruce’s Fabulous Food and WLOS’ Carolina Kitchen, and Patrick O’Cain, owner of Asheville’s Gàn Shān Station will be judges at the organization’s upcoming Y.E.S. Chef! Youth Culinary Competition. The youth attending the event will also have the opportunity to judge the food items made by their peers.

Chef Bruce Brown and his wife, Barbara, are the proprietors of Bruce’s Fabulous Foods. He is also the start of WLOS ABC 13’s “Carolina Kitchen.” Brown is well-known for his more than 130 varieties of cheesecakes that are sold around the country via the internet. His eatery has also built up a loyal following. He has been featured in Our State magazine and has entered his tasty creations in a competition on Spike TV. From Chef Brown, “Like I do for my restaurant … I’m always looking and hoping for something ‘different.’ A new spin on an old favorite … a combo of ingredients that you wouldn’t expect … just something that isn’t ‘run of the mill,’ if you know what I mean. More unique … more innovative … more better!”

Chef Patrick O’Cain was born and raised in North Asheville and graduated from Asheville High School. After earning degrees in both French and English at NC State, O’Cain’s professional career began in teaching and publishing before following his passion into cooking. He attended the A-B Tech culinary program and was as a member of the Culinary Competition Team while working part time at Asheville’s Curate. O’Cain received an internship at the renowned McCrady’s restaurant in Charleston, SC after which he was offered a full-time position. He left McCrady’s to help open Charleston’s Xiao Bao Biscuit as sous-chef. After a year and a half, O’Cain returned home to the mountains to open a restaurant of his own – Gàn Shān Station – named for Sunset Mountain where he grew up.

The competition begins at noon on November 3rd and runs until 4:00pm. Guests can arrive at any time and stay as long as they would like. The cost to attend is $10 per person which allows guests to sample four food items and gives them a bottle of water. Additional tokens can be purchased at the event to sample more food. Tickets can be purchased on-line at