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Utica based business helps make Fort Drum girl's wish come true


December 30, 2016

Utica based business helps Fort Drum girlUtica, NY (November 30, 2016)—Avid foodie Lola Munoz is a huge fan of the television show “Chopped.” So much so, that the 12-year-old asked Make-A-Wish® Central New York to grant her one true wish: To be a judge in her very own food competition.

On Nov. 13, the Fort Drum girl, who has diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), experienced a community coming together to make her wish come true, including some magic provided by Utica-based apparel company, Crooked Brook.

The company, which designs and manufactures high-end products for some of the top chefs in the country, donated a custom-made purple chef coat with “Chef Lola” embroidered on the front. Munoz was presented with the coat prior to the cooking competition, which took place at Savory Downtown in Watertown.

Donned in her chef coat and carrying a clipboard and score sheet, Munoz looked official as she judged the offerings of four local chefs, including Cristian Ives, executive chef and general manager of the Jacques Cartier Room Restaurant at Riveredge Resort in Alexandria Bay; Clayton Moody, sous chef for the Jacques Cartier Room Restaurant at Riveredge Resort in Alexandria Bay; Patrick Ryan, Wish Dad and former chef of Stella in New Orleans; and Robbie Myers, winner of the 2013 “Chopped: Military Salute” competition (season 15, episode 8) and executive chef of the Thousand Islands Club in Wellesley Island.

Munoz chose surprise ingredients the chefs would have to incorporate into their dishes, including cow tongue, barbecue Pringles, honey, and horned “spikey” melon for the appetizers, and cream cheese, bacon, pork rinds, and jalapenos for their dessert dishes. Chefs were provided 30 minutes for each round.

Utica based business helps Fort Drum girlChef Patrick Ryan, of Lowville, was selected by Munoz as the overall winner and presented with an oversized check good for 10,000 hugs. During the event, Munoz was also presented with gifts and personal notes from “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro, and chef, author and media personality Christina Tosi. Video footage of the wish can be viewed at

About Crooked Brook
Since 1989, Crooked Brook has designed and manufactured chef coats for some of the most recognized names in the noble art and science of gastronomy. Each one of their chef coats, aprons and lab coats is made to order in the USA, and can be personalized with your choice of fabric, pockets, buttons, piping and embroidery. Women's chef coats are available in numerical sizes 2-26 and for women whose size is considered petite or plus size (extra-large or over size 20) customers are recommended to call and discuss their measurements to ensure a proper fit. Crooked Brook also offers promotional products, decorated apparel and accessories including, but not limited to; custom lab coats, t-shirts, fleece jackets, hats, shirts, polo shirts, golf shirts, fleece blankets, custom embroidered patches, sweatshirt blankets, jackets, hoodies, sweatshirts, and tote bags. Crooked Brook ships worldwide. Hours of operations are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. EST, seven days a week. Reach them at (315) 733-1992 to learn more.

About Make-A-Wish Central New York
Make-A-Wish Central New York is dedicated to granting the special wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Since its inception in 1985, the chapter has granted nearly 1,700 wishes throughout its 15-county region, which includes Broome, Cayuga, Chenango, Cortland, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, St. Lawrence, Tioga and Tompkins counties. To be eligible for a wish, children must be between 2 ½ and 18 years of age and be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. For more information about eligibility or to learn how to make wishes come true, visit or call (315) 475-WISH.

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