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Collectively, more than $4.2 million has been raised through 45 different 100 Men Who Cook events across multiple Old National regions to benefit local organizations.

What makes the event so special? Imagine 100 of Bloomington’s most notable men (bankers, attorneys, physicians, educators, and business leaders from every endeavor, or anyone who is well known to the public) retreating into their respective kitchens to concoct their favorite dish. After a careful and loving preparation, the chef creatively decorates his serving station, dons his favorite costume in an effort to entice the crowd of 600 friends, family, and fellow community members to take a nibble of their specialty cuisine. The prize: the coveted title of “TOP CHEF” and bragging rights for the next year!

“Cooking skills alone are not a requirement,” said Scott Shishman, Region President of Old National Bank and one of the many organizers of the event. “It’s more important to have fun, raise money for a worthy charity and network with some of Bloomington’s finest.”

The “TOP CHEF” award is really based on who raises the most money for the beneficiary through “tips” collected, or any other fundraising efforts the chefs can dream up. Did I mention bragging rights?”

For the $60 per person admission price, guests at 100 Men Who Cook will be treated to a cash bar, a chance to bid on and possibly win a variety of silent auction items, and all the usual offerings of a gala in a much more relaxed, carefree atmosphere. At this event they will also have 100 different food options for their tasting pleasure, all while enjoying one of the most extraordinary social events of the year!

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