PHO KING COOK-OFF REQUIREMENTS
$100 refundable entry fee for chefs competing in our Pho competition
$50 refundable entry fee for chefs in our Sidekick competition.
Fees are refunded after completion of the competion
Chefs not affiliated with a licensed restaurant and certified kitchen must obtain a temporary food permit to participate and may use the Val Air Ballroom for on-site prepping.
All fees are non-refundable and non-negotiable unless the event is cancelled.
All chefs must attend the cook-off orientation on Wednesday, October 17th.
FOOD - all chefs must be able to provide the following:
All ingredients and condiments needed to serve Pho.
Pho servings for all Celebrity Judges from 11am to 12pm.
Pho tasting for 500 attendees from 12pm to 4pm.
Food and ingredients must be fresh and prepped in certified kitchen and meet required cooking temperatures and rules throughout the event.
Each chef may have up to 3 assistants due to limited space.
Each chef will receive 1 Pho King apron and a Pho King t-shirt for up to 3 team member(s).
Each chef station will consist of two 6ft table, 2-3 tabletop burners as needed, access to water and trash bins.
IAA will provide standard small serving cups, napkins, spoons, forks and chopsticks for all serving stations.
A list of all ingredients must be posted and visible at each booth (except for secret ingredients).
Teams are permitted to bring alcohol only if it is an ingredient used in cooking. Alcohol is NOT to be brought into the event for consumption. Beverages will be sold at the event.
10:45am to 11am --- All Chef Stations Ready for Serving
11am to 12pm --- Pho King Judges’ Award, Celebrity Judging – ONLY VIP Ticket Holders
12pm to 4pm --- Pho King People’s Choice Award – Open to All Ticket Holders
Pho & Sidekick Tasting
Pho & Sidekick Eating Contest
Drinks & Music
2pm to 3pm --- Pho King Awards Announcement
4pm to 5pm --- Clean and Tear Down
Chefs may arrive by 9am for set-up (if more time is needed, please contact IAA).
Chefs may request to use on-site prepping stations at Val Air Ballroom if he/she does not have a certified kitchen space – please contact IAA.
Judging will take place at 11am. Event will open to all ticket holders at 12pm.
PREPARATION & CLEAN-UP
Cooking will be conducted at the tables.
Chefs must supply their own cooking utensils.
Chefs may request 2-3 tabletop burners. If extras are needed, please bring your own.
Chefs are responsible for stove and cooker safety and operation.
Chefs are responsible for booth/table clean up.
Iowa Asian Alliance and the Val Air Ballroom are not responsible for any injuries incurred during the event.
Alcoholic beverages consumed must be purchased at the event and cannot leave the premises.
All chefs and team member(s) must attend Pho King Cook-Off orientation:
Wednesday, October 17 at 3pm – Val Air Ballroom
Special requests and accommodations must be addressed one week prior to event – contact IAAadmin@iowaasianalliance.com or Executive Director, Nu Huynh at 515-770-1026.
No refund of registration fee if chef cancels participation.