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Watermelon's The Secret Ingredient In Briarcliff Manor Atria Chef Showdown

Atria Briarcliff Manor chef, Matt Plumhoff, challenged Henry Lopez, a retired New York Police Department officer and current volunteer firefighter from Putnam Valley, to a Chef Showdown competition Tuesday.
Atria Briarcliff Manor chef, Matt Plumhoff, challenged Henry Lopez, a retired New York Police Department officer and current volunteer firefighter from Putnam Valley, to a Chef Showdown competition Tuesday. Photo Credit: Contributed
Atria Briarcliff Manor chef, Matt Plumhoff, challenged Henry Lopez, a retired New York Police Department officer and current volunteer firefighter from Putnam Valley, to a Chef Showdown competition Tuesday.
Atria Briarcliff Manor chef, Matt Plumhoff, challenged Henry Lopez, a retired New York Police Department officer and current volunteer firefighter from Putnam Valley, to a Chef Showdown competition Tuesday. Photo Credit: Contributed
Judges taste salsa recipes by Atria Briarcliff Manor chef, Matt Plumhoff and Henry Lopez, a retired New York Police Department officer at Tuesday's Chef Showdown at Briarcliff Manor Atria.
Judges taste salsa recipes by Atria Briarcliff Manor chef, Matt Plumhoff and Henry Lopez, a retired New York Police Department officer at Tuesday's Chef Showdown at Briarcliff Manor Atria. Photo Credit: Contributed
The salsa shown was prepared using the secret ingredient of watermelon for the competition.
The salsa shown was prepared using the secret ingredient of watermelon for the competition. Photo Credit: Contributed

BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. -- Atria Briarcliff Manor chef, Matt Plumhoff, challenged local hero, Henry Lopez, a retired New York Police Department officer and current volunteer firefighter from Putnam Valley, to a Chef Showdown competition Tuesday.

Watermelon was the "secret ingredient" and Plumhoff selected watermelon salsa for the competition's recipe, said a release.

Atria residents in the audience watched as judges tasted Plumhoff's and Lopez' salsas.

Although both recipes contained the same ingredients, mango, cucumber, onion, lime, cilantro, and the watermelon, the textures and tastes were different, according to the judges, which decided the challenger was the winner.

The volunteers, Stephen DeName, Past District Governor of the Lions Club, Frank Proger, Sales Director for Bright Star Home Care, Atria Briarcliff Resident Council President, Bob Ungar, and Atria volunteer, Rena Goldstein, served as judges.

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