Slideshow: Four Boise Chefs Face Off to Win Culinary King of the Mountain

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With 30 minutes still frozen on the clock, four Boise chefs stood at attention in the conference room of McCall's Shore Lodge, a space recently transformed to look like the set of the Food Network TV show Chopped. Wearing their aprons and chefs' whites, with cutting boards waiting in front of them, they were there to cook their way through a nearly three-hour competition in hopes of earning the title Culinary King of the Mountain. To the left sat three judges—The Grill Dads co-host Mark Anderson, Lucky Fins Corporate Executive Chef Wiley Earl and Duckhorn Vineyards Winemaker Renee Ary—their expertly honed taste buds at the ready to try plated appetizers, entrees and desserts.

"We anticipate everything will be really outstanding because it always is—no pressure," said Alan Turner, a retired chef and the event's emcee, addressing the chefs and a crowd of 50 onlookers.