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    FMI Names Supermarket Chef Showdown Finalists

    Challengers will compete in four categories

    The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has revealed the finalists who will compete in its first-ever Supermarket Chef Showdown during its upcoming annual convention in early May.

    The finalists who will compete the recipe contest and culinary competition include:

    Category 1: Ethnic (Tuesday, May 1, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
    John Depaolis, Giant Eagle Inc.
    Shornalee Banerjee, Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.
    Alexander Strauss, Hy-Vee Inc.
    Brian Dunn, Roche Bros. Supermarkets Co.
    Chris Wilson, United Supermarkets LLC

    Category 2: Healthy Alternatives (Tuesday, May 1, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
    Kara Behlke, Hy-Vee Inc.
    Richard Babcock, Hy-Vee Inc.
    Rachael Perron, Kowalski’s Companies
    Daniel Bonner, Publix Super Markets Inc.
    Jose Vargas, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.

    Category 3: Indulgent (Wednesday, May 2, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
    Jason Miller, Balducci’s
    Keoni Chang, Foodland Super Market Ltd.
    James Alexander, Hy-Vee Inc.
    Chris Delise, Kings Super Markets Inc.
    Mike Grimes, Publix Super Markets Inc.

    Category 4: Family Meals (Wednesday, May 2, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
    Rob Dumont, Balducci’s
    Jennifer Gritters, Meijer Inc.
    Tim Donnelly, Publix Super Markets Inc.
    Amber Pruett, Publix Super Markets Inc.
    Greg Roach, Wild Oats Markets Inc.

    The Championship Challenge will take place Thursday, May 3, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., FMI said.

    For more information, visit http://supermarketchefshowdown.com.

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