Victory Chef Cook-Off in Lexington Sunday

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) In Lexington, the Marshall Foundation is having an unusual event Sunday. It's a cooking competition very much like those shows you see on cable.

Local chefs will be given five surprise ingredients and expected to make six dishes for the judges. The twist? The ingredients are in the style of Moroccan cooking.

Deep in the archives of the Marshall Foundation, the secret collection lies: a collection of foods and spices used in Moroccan cooking.

“I’m excited, a little nervous. But I’m looking forward to it,” says Chef Mike O’Byrne, of the Bistro on Main Street.

He's one of the competitors in the Victory Chef Cook-Off Sunday. And he likes his chances.

“I have a lot of respect for the other chefs," he says. "But, you know, I think it’s pretty good.”

It’s all to commemorate in important 1943 summit meeting.

“The Casablanca Conference is very important," explains
Rob Havers, President of the Marshall Foundation. "It sets out the stage really for the Western Allied invasion of Northern Europe.”

Gen. George Marshall received a photo album of the events.

“This sort of slightly different, exciting way to bring history to life is something we try increasingly to do,” says Havers about the Cook-Off.

Including learning about new foods.

“Up until they asked me," O’Byrne admits, "I was not familiar with Moroccan cooking at all.”

At least it isn’t army rations