NH Food Bank Steel Chef Challenge

Tenley Rooney
Rectory Chef Bradley Labarre cooks for a cause

St. Paul’s School Chef Bradley Labarre, CEC, is one of four Granite State chefs competing in the NH Food Bank Steel Chef Challenge in Manchester, N.H., on Monday, March 11. Labarre will join culinary talent from across the state in this celebrated cook-off for charity.
A native of Manchester, N.H., Labarre began working in kitchens at the age of 13. While working on his childhood paper route, the aspiring gastronome talked his way into a job washing dishes at a local diner. The gig inspired a life-long passion for the culinary arts. Since then, Labarre has worked his way through a variety of kitchens, including serving as the executive chef in a country club. Following 17 years living in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area, Labarre returned to the Granite State where he worked in corporate catering before joining St. Paul’s School as the Rectory chef.
A frequent contributor to New Hampshire Magazine, Labarre frequently writes on food for blogs and print publications. His most recent New Hampshire Magazine piece honored traditional New Hampshire dishes.
This is the fourth year of the NH Food Bank Steel Chef Challenge. The contest is hosted by Iron Chef alumna Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, a regular on Food Network shows such as Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, and Bakers vs. Fakers.