Local restaurants. Local celebrities. Local nonprofits benefit. 

The third annual CoMo Chopped Competition hosted by Heart of Missouri United Way will bring together four local restaurants in support of the Mid-Missouri community. 

Much like the TV show, chef teams will develop a unique dish to be submitted for the judges’ feedback. However, no team will be chopped from the competition, and the winning team is not determined solely by the judging panel. Rather, each team competes for one of three awards: 

  1. Judges’ Choice – A panel of 3 prestigious local chefs will decide which chef team’s dish has the best flavor, creativity, and presentation overall. 
  2. Community Vote – Each restaurant will sell their Chopped Dish as a menu item. The chef team with the highest number of Chopped Dishes sold between Oct 18-31st.   
  3. Most Dollars Raised – Go to your favorite restaurant’s page to vote by donating to their United Way Chopped Facebook Campaign. The chef team with the most money raised at the end of the judging period on Oct. 31st wins. 

CoMo Chopped aims to uplift and support these unique local restaurants, all while doing so in a way that raises money to improve the lives of those in need within our community. 


Team Stadium Grill sponsored by Broadway Christian Church 

Chef: Jeff Gwinn, Stadium Grill 

Celebrity Chef: Mark Briley, Broadway Christian Church  

Link to FB Fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/1052901132051872/  


Team Chris McD’s sponsored by Veterans United Home Loans 

Chef: Tyler Spurgeon, Chris McD’s 

Celebrity Chef: Jerome Larkins, Veterans United Home Loans 

Link to FB Fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/632844305132038/  


Team Bud’s Classic BBQ sponsored by Boone Health 

Chef: Jason Paetzold, Bud’s Classic BBQ 

Celebrity Chef: Troy Greer, Boone Health\ 

Link to FB Fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/645525500285612/  


Team Tellers sponsored by MFA Foundation 

Dish: Chopped Cherry Top Bread Pudding   

Chef: Robin Weatherford, Tellers 

Celebrity Chef: Steve Fairchild, MFA 

Link to FB Fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/489579089714151/ 


The CoMo Chopped virtual event will be broadcasted on Heart of Missouri United Way’s Facebook page on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. CT.  

Voting will run on Facebook from October 18 through October 31 at midnight CT. Winners will be announced November 1 at 5:30 p.m. through a live stream on Facebook  



Presenting Sponsor: Hawthorn Bank 

Location Sponsor: COMO Cooks 

Judges’ Sponsor: Central Bank of Boone County 

Filming Sponsor: Cosmic Sauce 

Photography Sponsor: Leslie Anson Photography Action Sports 

Team Sponsors: Broadway Christian Church, Veterans United Home Loans, Boone Health, MFA Foundation 



United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive.