Ice Chips Will Fly

At press time, 20 local chefs and culinary students had signed on to swing chain saws at the eighth annual ice-carving contest of the Greater Kansas City Chefs Association and the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association. The Restaurant Association’s Brina Bruno predicts breathtaking results from the competition. “I think it inspires some of our carving contestants that there is no size restriction, so they can think really big and be really creative, like the student who created an impressive ice horse a couple of years ago,” she says. There are cash prizes for the three winners in the professional class and for the top three student contestants. “It’s open to anyone, although all the contestants need to have some skills in ice carving,” Bruno says. “We can’t have just anyone out there with a chain saw.” Note: A non-chef contestant has never won the first-place purse. The contest is a preliminary event to the festivities connected with the Greater Kansas City Restaurant Association Inaugural Ball. The chain saws start roaring at 11 a.m. at 300 Nichols Road, between Starbucks and MAC Cosmetics. The event is free and open to the public.— Charles Ferruzza

Sat., Jan. 22, 1:30 p.m., 2011