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      25 Men Who Can Cook event benefits Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra

      25 men from the Ottumwa community showcased their culinary skills at the "25 Men Who Can Cook" event Saturday afternoon.

      The event was sponsored by the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra.

      During the two-hour event, guests were able to sample unique creations from each chef.

      From desserts to tomato dishes, a wide variety of food was served to please the palates of those in attendance.

      The event saw its biggest turnout in its three-year history, with 400 plus in attendance.

      Now it's faced with the task of growing without putting too much of the burden on the 25 chefs who make it possible.

      "They're already providing 300 samples a piece, and so it's hard to ask them more," said planning committee member Bob Morrissey. "So this may be an event that has maxed out at this point as far as capacity, but it's so popular that we'll probably continue to do it."

      All ticket sales from the event go toward the expenses of the five performances the Ottumwa Symphony Orchestra puts on each year.??