Orioles outfielder Adam Jones aims to take local teacher to school in cooking competition

CareFirst Fan Challenge winner will face Jones in front of panel of local
celebrity judges on Tuesday, Aug. 29 at Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant

BALTIMORE (Aug. 24, 2017) - The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) announced today that Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones will take on the winner of the 2017 CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Fan Challenge, Sparrows Point High School teacher Kelly Karwacki, in a cooking competition Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. at Dempsey’s Brew Pub & Restaurant.

Jones invited fans to head to the kitchen to cook up their signature dish, and to share the finished product on Instagram or Twitter using #IChallengeAJ. Karwacki’s entry, a salmon panini, earned her a head-to-head cookoff challenge against Jones to see who could make the most mouthwatering meal. On Aug. 29, both Karwacki and Jones will create their signature dishes for a panel of local celebrity judges.
Coverage of the competition will air Aug. 29 on MASN2 during “O’s Xtra”, the Orioles exclusive pregame show, before the Birds take on the Mariners and on MASN’s social media platforms.

“I’m excited to meet and compete against Adam Jones, and I plan to bring my confidence to the contest like he does every day on the field,” said Karwacki.
In addition to helming Intercultural Foods and Nutrition and Foods classes at Sparrows Point, the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher also serves as an advisor for the school’s Culinary Club. Judges of the upcoming cooking competition include Dempsey’s sous chef Chris Person and former Oriole Mike Bordick. MASN broadcaster Gary Thorne will serve as emcee for the event.

“Class will certainly be in session for Kelly and Adam,” said Olivia Witherite, MASN’s social media director. “Our panel of judges is ready to grade both chefs on their competitive cooking chops. We’re excited to see who can come out on top.”

Jones is no stranger to the cooking world, thanks to his experience in past CareFirst Fan Challenge competitions. In 2016, he faced Kevin and Elizabeth Irish in a french fry frenzy. Before that, Jones teamed up with Orioles first base coach Wayne Kirby in a BBQ battle at Camden Yards.

“It’s a pleasure to be part of the CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Fan Challenge for another year,” said Michael Sullivan, senior director, internal and external communications for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. “Whether he’s representing his country, or the Baltimore community, Adam Jones is a great ballplayer, and an even
better person. We can’t wait to see what he can whip up in the kitchen this time around. We’re sure fans will have a great time rooting for both competitors.”

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About CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
In its 79th year of service, CareFirst, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, is a not-for-profit health care company which, through its affiliates and subsidiaries, offers a comprehensive portfolio of health insurance products and administrative services to 3.4 million individuals and groups in
Maryland, the District of Columbia and Northern Virginia. In 2015, CareFirst contributed nearly $40 million to improve overall health, and increase the accessibility, affordability, safety and quality of health care throughout its market areas. To learn more about CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, visit our website
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About Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant
Dempsey’s Brew Pub and Restaurant - named after beloved former Baltimore Oriole Rick Dempsey - is the sports and Orioles-themed brew pub and restaurant on Eutaw Street at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Dempsey’s is open daily for lunch and dinner during both game days and non-game days. The menu is upscale
American fare and features a wide assortment of bottled beer to go along with Dempsey’s original in-house breweddraft beers. Dempsey’s is a partnership between Delaware North Sportservice - the Orioles’ food, beverage and retail services provider at Oriole Park since 2011 and one of the leading food service and retail management companies at stadiums, arenas and ballparks worldwide - and Dempsey, who is also a member of the Orioles broadcast team.

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