Sonoma chef needs your vote

Sears Chef Challenge seeks out top talent -- with local food banks as the benefactors

Vote for Tiffany, help Food For Thought
Vote for Tiffany, help Food For Thought

Local chef Tiffany Friedman, who runs Butterroot Personal Chef Services, is one of 24 chefs competing in the Sears Chef Challenge — a nationwide talent search featuring some of the country’s best young culinary talents.
And she needs your help.
As part of the months-long contest, each chef raises money for food banks around the country, and Tiffany’s choice is Sonoma County’s Food For Thought. Depending on the number of rounds she wins (which depend on user votes), she could win up to $20,000 for the organization.
Friedman, a young mother who lives in Cotati, lost her father to AIDS several years ago and felt a connection to the Forestville-based food center that supports people with HIV and AIDS. Her introduction to cooking was at her father’s New York restaurant, and she has worked at Plumpjack in Lake Tahoe, The Village Pub and the Lark Creek Inn.
So far Friedman has participated in a number of video demonstrations for Sears and her continued success in the contest is dependent on the number of votes she gets from visitors to the site. That’s where we come in…
To vote for Tiffany and to follow her quest on the Sears Chef Challenge, cast your vote (there’s no fee involved, just a mouse click) at the Sears Chef Challenge site ( and click on the VOTE NOW button. Tiffany’s in the LA crew. Voting for Round 2 ends October 9.
It’s a win-win for all of us. Said Tiffany: “It has been hard work, lots of burns, some harassment and tons of fun. It is a journey that never ends and always grows. When you keep the fire burning the flame will continue to blaze.”