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Nickel City Chef, Buffalo's answer to Iron Chef, sets final season

Nickel City Chef, the live cooking battle that has grown into Buffalo's version of Iron Chef, will conclude its run after its approaching 10th season.

"Buffalo no longer has to be convinced it has excellent farms and excellent chefs," said organizer Christa Glennie Seychew, of Feed Your Soul Productions.

The last Nickel City Chef competitions will be Feb. 16, March 11, March 25, and April 8.

Season tickets ($180-$250) are available at nickelcitychef.com, where single session tickets ($45) go on sale Jan. 5.

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Separately, there will be a series finale event April 12, pitting the four Nickel City Chefs against each other for the first time, Seychew said, with proceeds going to the James Beard Foundation.

Since 2008, Buffalo-area chefs have faced off in a 60-minute contest to best exploit produce of the area's farms. The Nickel City "home team" currently includes Adam Goetz of Craving, Edward Forster of Dapper Goose, Victor Parra Gonzalez of Las Puertas and Casa Azul, and Jennifer Boye, formerly of Elm Street Bakery. Challengers to these reigning chefs will be announced Jan. 5, the day tickets are released.

Bert Gambini serves as master of ceremonies, and Mike Andrzejewski, chef-owner of Seabar and Cantina Loco, offers color commentary.

After the cooking, a panel of judges scores their efforts, and the winner is determined with the help of a crowd vote. Spectators get catered snacks from Craving and a cash bar in the showroom space of Artisan Kitchens & Baths, 200 Amherst St.

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