December 5, 2023
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Local Chef Hosts Family Challenge

Chef Pope Roundz After Dark May 2012Got Spring Break plans?  Blend family time with culinary adventure at Family Chef’s Challenge Monday, April 1 at 11 a.m., at Roundz Gourmet Market, 2299 Johns Hopkins Road, Gambrills.

Here’s how it works: Four teams of two people each will compete in a light-hearted, no-stress cooking contest.  Participants will take a tour of the Roundz kitchen and have access to the Roundz pantry and equipment.

After the “Mystery Ingredient” is revealed, teams have 90 minutes to prepare and plate a culinary creation.  Chef Zachary Pope, Crofton resident and owner of Roundz, will be on hand throughout to offer guidance and suggestions to all teams.  After time has expired, Chef Pope will judge entries based on taste, presentation and creativity.

“I’m not be looking for high-end fantasy food at this event,” Chef Pope said.  “I encourage participants to make what they know.”

Entries from a recent Chef’s Challenge included meatloaf, gourmet burgers and pizza. Previous “mystery ingredients” have been ground beef, pasta and chicken.

This event is open to children, youth and adults.  Children must be partnered with a parent or adult guardian.  Teams may bring additional family members to cheer them on, in reasonable numbers.  The entry fee is $50 per team.  The winning team will receive a gourmet dinner for four from Roundz.

For more information or to make reservations, call 443.292.4631 or see  Chef Pope’s YouTube video on this event can be viewed at

Roundz Gourmet Market, owned by Crofton resident Chef Zachary Pope, is a unique eatery and award-winning catering business at 2299 Johns Hopkins Road, in Gambrills, MD. Roundz Gourmet Market is open for dining and carry-out Thursday-Saturday, 11 AM to 7 PM, and at other times by appointment.  Roundz Catering is in operation seven days a week. For more information, see, email [email protected] or call 443.292.4631.

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