Yes, We Love Cheese! O-Town MacDown Competition Benefiting @GKTWVillage

Who doesn’t love Cheese? It’s almost too Gouda to be true. Nearly 2,000 people attended the second annual O-Town MacDown this past weekend at Osceola Heritage Park. Cheesier (and much tastier) than a lime-green leisure suit, the O-Town MacDown is a macaroni-and-cheese cooking contest and fundraiser for Give Kids The World Village, a 79-acre resort for children with life-threatening illnesses.

This delicious event featured talented chefs and caterers from around Orlando, each looking to whip up the best mac-n-cheese dish in Central Florida.

Cordon Bleu

In addition to the mac-n-cheese battle, Saturday’s competition included live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, a Kids’ Zone, interactive games provided by Orlando City Soccer Club and unlimited samples of the best mac-n-cheese on the planet.

Here’s a video snippet of the fabulous time we had. And man we did love and savor each delectable bite!!

Our personal favorites were: Four Seasons, Hard Rock, Second Harvest, and Paramount Fine Foods Chicken Shwarama Mac n Cheese.

Drum Roll Please…..announcing the Winners:

Restaurant 1st- Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Restaurant 2nd- Outpost Neighborhood Kitchen
Restaurant 3rd- Hard Rock Cafe Orlando

Professional 1st- Richard West with Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin
Professional 2nd- Leslie Sickler with Cabot Creamery Cooperative
Professional 3rd- Jill Holland with Second Harvest Catering for Good

Wild Card- Joel Padilla with Platinum Chef
People’s Choice- Hard Rock Cafe Orlando

Yes! We Love Cheese!

About Give Kids The World Village

The most magical sound in the world is that of a child’s laughter.

That is what fills the air at Give Kids The World Village—a wish-fulfilling, fanciful, carefree retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families.

Give Kids the World Village

Give Kids The World Village is a 79-acre, nonprofit “storybook” Village located near Central Florida’s most beloved attractions. Here, children and their families are treated to weeklong, cost-free fantasy vacations, complete with accommodations in the Village’s whimsical villas, transportation, donated attraction tickets, meals, and much more.

At the Village, these precious children learn that dreams really do come true, as they and their families are immersed in joy, hope, and non-stop fun for a few unforgettably happy days. Since 1986, the Village has welcomed more than 140,000 families from all 50 states and more than 75 countries.

This extraordinary, life-changing experience is Give Kids The World’s gift, made possible only through the generosity of dedicated corporations and countless individuals. For more information, visit

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