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Local chefs cook-off at historic home

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Sausage cake

AUSTIN, Minn. (KTTC) - The 9th annual Foodie Throwdown at the Hormel Historic Home pitted area chefs against each other.

With a name like Hormel, you know there's meat involved. This year's theme was sausage and featured an assortment of dishes.

Rich Mitchell has attended the Throwdown in the past as a taster and recruited his brother-in-law to help him as a chef.

"All I know is this is a traditional German sausage from the north of Germany called Knackwurst," said chef Tom Bueckers. "The ingredients are a little bit secret. I can't give that away."

"So far it's been a lot of fun. It hasn't been very stressful," said teammate Rich Mitchell. "It's been a fun time to get together and try to put something together that people will enjoy."

The event also featured live music, a live and silent auction and more.

The funds raised go towards preserving the historic home.

The director hints that next year's 10th event may feature past champions.

Alex Tejada

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