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Firefighter Anthony Westfall is interviewed by judge Greg Hamilton during the "Chiefs vs. Chefs" competition Oct. 16 at Clarendon Ballroom. Westfall was part of a culinary duo with Lt. Richard Slusher, facing off against Chef Shannon Overmiller of The Majestic.

The teams are set in the third annual “Chiefs vs. Chefs” fundraiser for the Arlington Food Assistance Center, to be held on Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Clarendon Ballroom.

Teams from local restaurants will compete against firehouse cooks from the Arlington County Fire Department, with the winner in each round taking home the coveted Golden Eggplant awards.

In the appetizer round, Chef Tim Ma from Water & Wall will square off against Lt. Richard Slusher and Firefighter Anthony Westfall. In the soup/salad round, Chef Tracy O’Grady of Willow Restaurant will face off against Capt. Bosephus Bennett and Firefighter Davis Harrison. And in the entree round, Chef William Morris of Vermilion will square off against Capt. Claude Conde and Firefight Joaquin Ibarra.

Each of the teams are tasked with preparing dishes using only supplies that can be found in the pantry at the Arlington Food Assistance Center, and will have 25 minutes to create their culinary masterpieces.

A panel of judges will determine the winner in each round.

The event runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and also will feature food and drinks.

For tickets, sponsorships and information, call Clare McIntyre at (703) 845-8486 or e-mail For general information about the competition, see the Web site at