Image: The Charter Senior Living Team, led by Chef Isaiah Whalum. Pictured from left to right: Courtney Pendleton, Brittany Woodcock, Isaiah Whalum, Kathy Granger, McKenzie Willard and Don Franks.

Defying all odds and taking on over 50 other contestants Chef Isaiah Whalum and his team took the top prize of ”Best Dessert” at this weekend’s Chocolate Festival. Daring to buck the trend of a traditional dessert the Charter Senior Living team served ”Chocolate Sloppy Joes” and swayed the distinguished judges with their sweet offering.

The Charter crew came out of nowhere to beat out several noted area restaurant chefs as well as senior living competitor, Arcadia, who went with a less risky dish which came up woefully short. Chef Isaiah and his Charter crew proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that they can not only compete with the big boys on the block, they ARE the big boys on the block.