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by Carol Harris, Branson area, and Mary Engler-Guccione, Joplin area

The Springfield/Branson Chefs Association will hold its '98 Chefs Extravaganza Aug. 29 at The Grand Palace to raise money for The Chef and The Child Foundation and The Salvation Army. Two special guests will be at the event Martin Yan, internationally known master chef of the television show "Yan Can Cook" and Chef Keith Keogh, president and CEO of California Culinary Academy, a past president of American Culinary Federation and past manager of Culinary Team USA.

Pre-show entertainment begins with performances by Branson entertainers at 5:30 p.m. Food presentations showcasing international cuisine will be prepared by chefs from The Tower Club, Silver Dollar City, The Radisson Hotel, Ozarks Technical Community College, Big Cedar Lodge, Twin Ozarks Country Club, Highland Springs Country Club, Maranatha Village, Cox South Health Systems, and by Chef Gunter Riderspacher from Lebanon, Mo., John Fatino, retired chef from the Kansas City Chiefs Stadium Club and chef apprentices from Ozarks Technical Community College. Dino Kartsonakis will host the event with his show "Music For All Time" at 8 p.m.

Ozarks Public Television has agreed to produce three, 30-minute cooking segments, titled "Ozarks Celebrity Recipes," featuring Martin Yan and Keith Keogh, along with Dino Kartsonakis, The Lennon Sisters and Melinda, The First Lady of Magic, to be taped at The Grand Palace and aired on the Public Broadcast System (PBS) at a later date. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 417-336-1220 or 800-884-4536.

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