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Former Pilot reporters Kyle Clayton and Mary Koppes win cooking competition in Haines


October 26, 2017

Photo courtesy of Kyle Clayton

Abbey Collins, Mary Koppes and Kyle Clayton hold their first place $300 prize check. Judges and event organizers pose with the champs.

It's not easy to create a five-star dish using beets, anchovies, chili powder, Cheetos and gummy bears.

But that's just what the 16 chefs in this year's Chilkat Chef Competition in Haines had to accomplish recently.

More than 140 people attended a cooking competition in Harriet Hall where six teams had 50 minutes to incorporate those five mystery ingredients, revealed after the timer started, with a Chilkat coho salmon.

The chefs had to prepare four plates for each judge and a fifth plate to auction off to the audience. The teams were allowed to bring their own equipment and spices, but h...

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