Countdown to Fulfill’s “CHOP HUNGER” Competition with Celebrity Judges and Chefs Including Miss New Jersey Teen USA

Jersey Shore Restaurants and Local Teams Will Compete to be the First Ever CHOP HUNGER Champion During Restaurant Week

Fulfill (formerly The Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties) is excited to team up with Joe Leone’s Italian Specialties and Johnson’s Restaurant Equipment for the first annual “Chop Hunger” Competition, this Monday, November 4th, at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights from 6 to 9 pm.

Among the judges… Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2019 Ava Tortorici of Montclair, New Jersey Senator Vin Gopal, and 101.5 FM Radio Talk Show Host Eric Scott with the “Foodie Fridays” segment. A judge’s seat will be raffled off at the competition to a lucky winner! 

“The night of great food, drinks, friendly competition, and dancing to Brian Kirk and the Jirks will be hosted by my friend, Celebrity Chef Joe Leone as the Master of Ceremonies. We look forward to having fun, sampling the final dishes, and more importantly, raising much needed funds to feed the 136,000 neighbors we serve in Monmouth and Ocean Counties, 50,000 of them children,” said Fulfill CEO and President Kim Guadagno, New Jersey’s First Lieutenant Governor.

Five teams will prepare a dish (to be announced at the event) in this “Chopped” style LIVE competition. There will be teams from Caneda’s White Rooster in Toms River, My Kitchen Witch in Monmouth Beach, and Bayonne Community Bank. The Student Government Association at Monmouth University is also putting on their chef’s hats along with a team from Brookdale Community College.

A special thank you to Saker ShopRites for donating all the food for this fundraiser. Our generous sponsors also include The Jay & Linda Grunin Foundation, the Marowitz Family and Frank’s Big & Tall Men’s Shop, Wegmans of Ocean, Jersey Strong, Hackensack Meridian Health, NJM Insurance, United Teletech Financial, Gaming Laboratories International, Karen and James Dolan, Friends of My Kitchen Witch & Monmouth Beach, Friends of Monmouth University Student Government Association, Friends of Brookdale Community College, New Jersey Natural Gas, Manasquan Bank, and Happy Chef.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available. General admission is $75 per person and includes specialty food, drink, and dessert stations by Fulfill’s Culinary Program, Doolan’s Shore Club, and more than 20 local vendors. VIP tickets and open bar tickets are also available. Visit and click on the events tab for more information and to purchase tickets. Tickets will also be available at the door.

About Fulfill, formerly the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties

Fulfill moves 1 million pounds of food each month for families in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Fulfill feeds children, seniors, veterans, and the working poor. Fulfill serves pantries and shelters, provides hot meals for children after school, and sends food home for those same children over the weekend during the school year. Fulfill also provides additional services to help our neighbors improve their overall situation. Fulfill assists with tax preparation, connecting people to SNAP (food stamps) benefits, and with job training in our culinary program.

Fulfill has just earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the tenth consecutive year. This distinction means Fulfill, a 501 (c)3 charitable organization, outperformed most charities in America in areas of efficiency, fiscal integrity, and effectiveness. In fact, 96 cents of every dollar donated to Fulfill goes directly to feeding the hungry in our community. 

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