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Chefs Explain Cedar Rapids' Burgeoning Food Community

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Cedar Rapids hasn't always been known as a food mecca, but the chefs competing in next week's Battle of the Chefs say the city's been moving steadily towards more fresh, refined, and interesting taste profiles.

"Ten years ago, where would people eat? They'd go to Iowa City or they'd go over to Mount Vernon to the Lincoln Cafe, because we had very few places. But now we have people coming up from Iowa City and from   different parts of eastern Iowa to eat in Cedar Rapids," said Tony Bata, owner of Bata's Restaurant.

Andy Schumacher of Cobble Hill, Tim Oathout of Zeppelin's Bar and Grill, Daniel Dennis of The Class Act and Pete Hartley of Greyhound Deli also join the conversation on this hour of Talk of Iowa.

Battle of the Chefs will take place next Wednesday at 5:30 PM at Newbo Market in Cedar Rapids. Tickets can be purchased here.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa