Austin "Chumlee" Russell of HISTORY's "Pawn Stars" and Mirage headliner Terry Fator competed earlier this week in the Nacho Average Throwdown at Three Square Food Bank.
The competition was sponsored by Nacho Daddy and pitted the local celebrities against local chefs.
Chumlee enlisted the help of his brother Sage Russell and Executive Chef Eric Scott of Nacho Daddy, while Terry Fator worked alongside wife, caterer, Angie Fiore-Fator and Executive Chef John Hilton of Three Square Food Bank.
Team Chumlee created a Philly Cheesesteak Nacho including waffle fry “chips,” provolone queso, steak, peppers and onions. Team Fator created a nod to Thanksgiving leftovers with both sweet and savory variations – a bourbon soaked cranberry and cream cheese nacho and a nacho with turkey, gravy and corn served on a fried wonton skin.
Team Chumlee took home the award for “Best Nacho” and Team Fator won for “Best Vegetarian” option. With the judges locked in a split decision, they decided to divide the award adding the vegetarian category as a nod to Nacho Daddy’s substantial vegetarian and vegan offerings. Both teams each received 2,500 meals donated to the organization in their honor.
Nacho Daddy also made a sizeable donatio of more than 110,000 meals to Three Square Food Bank during the event. They also announced that they will continue their efforts to fundraise for the food bank through their Buy A Meal, Give A Meal program.
In addition, Target Corporation matched Nacho Daddy's donation for a total of more than 220,000 donated meals.
Judges included Paul Hymas, President of Nacho Daddy; Fred Mossler, Co-Founder of Nacho Daddy and with the Downtown Project; model, actress and Playboy Playmate, Crystal McCahill; Al Mancini, food critic and writer from Vegas Seven; Steve Duffy, Director of Global Partnerships, Vegas is Hockey; and food writers Scott & Elaine Harris.