COLUMBUS, Ohio – The first-ever “Top Doc” Cooking Challenge – an informational and entertaining food event similar to the popular TV shows “Top Chef” and “Chopped” – will feature four Ohio State University cancer experts each paired up with a trained chef from the Nutrition Services Department at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to create a unique dish using a mystery basket of ingredients that may help prevent cancer.
Dr. Steven Clinton, program leader of Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James), along with Ohio State University Medical Center Chef Jim Warner, will host the cooking challenge. Clinton and Warner will explain the cancer-fighting potential of the superfoods in each mystery basket, such as tomatoes, soy bread, cruciferous vegetables and various berries, all of which are being studied by Ohio State cancer researchers for their potential to prevent cancer.
Media are invited to cover the event, which will be held from 6-8 p.m. March 1 at The Ohio State University Student Union in the instructional kitchen on the lower level, 1739 N. High St. in Columbus.
The challenge will feature these OSUCCC-James experts:
· Dr. Michael Caligiuri, director of Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute,
· Dr. Joseph Flynn, clinical director of hematologic malignancies,
· Dr. Patrick Ross, professor and chief, division of thoracic surgery,
· Dr. Charles Shapiro, director, breast medical oncology and leader of the breast cancer research program.
A panel of celebrity judges, including local restaurateurs Cameron Mitchell and Chris Doody and Dispatch Food Editor Robin Davis, will judge each meal based on taste, texture, color, appearance and presentation. The winning team will receive a “Culinary Oscar.”
The free event is hosted by JamesCare for Life, which provides support for cancer patients, family and friends. Seating is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, contact JamesCare for Life at 614-293-6428 or click here
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute strives to create a cancer-free world by integrating scientific research with excellence in education and patient-centered care, a strategy that leads to better methods of prevention, detection and treatment. Ohio State is one of only 40 National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and one of only seven centers funded by the NCI to conduct both phase I and phase II clinical trials. The NCI recently rated Ohio State’s cancer program as “exceptional,” the highest rating given by NCI survey teams. As the cancer program’s 210-bed adult patient-care component, The James is a “Top Hospital” as named by the Leapfrog Group and one of the top 20 cancer hospitals in the nation as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
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Contact: Gretchen Sauer, Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations, 614-293-