Better than Big Macs

West Liberty man’s ‘special sauce’ earns accolades in local cooking competition


Judge Marybeth Motasem speaks with Chris Keller, who went on to win the Axed competition at the Logan County Farmers Market on Saturday morning. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)

West Liberty resident Chris Keller learned a valuable lesson from eating Big Macs as a youth: It’s all about the special sauce.

And it was that lesson, along with some encouragement from his wife Nicole, that helped him emerge as the first local food champion in the Axed competition Saturday morning at the Logan County Farmers Market.

“I was not expecting to win,” Mr. Keller said after serving judges a wrap he threw together using the surprise ingredients provided along with the four ingredients competitors were allowed to take to the event.

“I just got talked into this and wasn’t really feeling confident about my chances of winning,” he said.

The event, which was modeled after the Food Network television show Chopped, pitted five Logan County residents against one another to earn accolades and a gift basket provided by farmers market vendors and local businesses, including 600 Downtown, Sweet Aromas, the Lock Shop and Tonya’s Main Street Deli.


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