O-Town MacDown Helps Give Kids The World and Produces Central Florida “Mac-n-Cheese” Royalty

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Cheesy Event Draws More Than 1,700 in Support of Kids With Life-Threatening Illnesses

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O-Town MacDown, the inaugural mac-n-cheese cooking competition hosted by Give Kids The World, was a resounding success! More than 1,700 attendees, 38 competitors and 40 vendors packed an enormous room at the Orange County Convention Center for a day of family fun, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment and, of course, great mac-n-cheese dishes.

Chefs competed in professional and amateur categories and winners received prize packages based on evaluations done by expert and celebrity judges. The winners were:

Restaurant category: (1) Hard Rock Cafe Orlando, (2) T-REX Orlando, (3) Taverna Opa Orlando.

Professional category: (1) Cabot Creamery, (2) Collette's Clean Eats, (3) Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Orlando.

Home Cooks: (1) Team “Rioux The Day,” (2) Scalliwag Chili Crew, (3) Pretzel Crisps.

Non-Profit category: (1) Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, (2) Yellow Brick Road: The Holden Flynn Foundation.

Attendees were also given the opportunity to vote for their own favorites in the “People’s Choice” category. The People’s Choice award winner was Hard Rock Orlando!

Supporting this exciting event that benefits Give Kids The World and their children with life-threatening illnesses were many great sponsors. SeaWorld was the Presenting Sponsor while Florida Dairy Farmers supplied the milk and butter for the competitors. Cabot Cheese, Tillamook and Jarlesburg provided the cheese.

About Give Kids The World
Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 130,000 families from all 50 states and 75 countries. Visit http://www.gktw.org for more information on GKTW and its mission. For our latest news, visit Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and follow our blog at http://www.givekidstheworld.org/blog.

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