Westport Farmers Market opens with cook-off

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The Westport Farmers Market held a friendly cook-off Thursday to celebrate its opening day.

Three local chefs rushed around the market with the clock ticking and the winner's title on the line. The "Chef of the Market" competition was the first of five this season giving professional chefs the chance to put their skills to the test.

In just 45 minutes with $20 in hand, Ben Freemole, Christian Wilki and Geoff Lazlo were able to craft appetizers from scratch with no electricity.

The competition drew in crowds and allowed the market to teach locals how they can make their own meals with fresh ingredients.

Freemole, from GrayBarns in Norwalk, was Thursday's winner.

Three new chefs will compete in the next "Chef of the Market" contest on June 21.

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