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Chef Ganley Judges Cooking Competition for GMC

Our own Chef Michael Ganley never thought a heart-healthy egg substitute could make great crepes, but the “Ripe Peaches” proved him wrong at the recent Fired Up for Health Cookoff at Gwinnett Medical Center’s Get Heart Smart Expo which drew 250 community members and fire fighters. 

Heart Smart Cook-Off

The winning team — a trio of intensive care unit nurses — won the event which pitted hospital employees against firefighters, with fajita crepes and a sweet potato chile lime soup. 

The course the goal of the event was to encourage a healthy lifestyle among everyone in the community, fire fighters alike. 

Heart Smart Cook-Off

Not only did the food have to be good, but the recipes had to meet stringent dietary requirements.

Chef Ganley, said he was glad that contestants focused on fresh veggies and didn’t forget the spices, since a lot of people think heart healthy means no salt. He praised one team’s quinoa creation and said they all remembered the most important thing.

“Food’s got to taste good. That’s the challenge that everyone has,” Ganely said. “It’s not just food for sustenance but food for experience.”

Heart Smart Cook-Off

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