Owensboro’s Maria Kelly Needs Your Votes As She Advances in Favorite Chef Contest
Maria Kelly from Owensboro is still hashing it out in the Favorite Chef contest, to find the world's Favorite Chef. She is currently in first place and needs your votes!
The person who wins the title of Favorite Chef will be featured in a Favorite Chef-purchased ad in Bon Appetit Magazine and win $50,000! What an amazing opportunity for Maria.
**The contest, by the way, is not officially endorsed by Bon Appetit**
Maria (of local Nona's Market fame) was asked several questions about her history with food and how she honed her cooking craft when she entered the contest. Maria started her cooking venture late in life. She says, "We have eight children and somewhere along the line food became our glue." And that love for preparing food, thankfully for the rest of us, quickly grew beyond the walls of her own kitchen. She started helping friends with weddings, birthdays, and other special events. Today, you'll find Maria catering a variety of events around the city.
I can personally vouch for Maria, by the way. I have emceed and attended a variety of events she has cooked for and catered. Her spread at the 2019 Red on the River event for Girls Inc. was INCREDIBLE! And, later that year, my graduating class- the DCHS Class of 1989- hired Maria to cater our 30-year reunion. It was impeccable. We had a bunch of food leftover and my classmates and I were hauling doggie bags of food home.