Marcus Whitman chef gets association award

Chef Antonio Campolio from The Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla has become the first winner of the Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities Chefs on Parade event.

The association started the event this year with its annual Parade of Homes.

"We really hit a home run with the addition of the Chefs on Parade event to our annual Parade of Homes," said Jeff Losey, executive director of the association. "I couldn't have asked for a better beginning to what will surely become another of the most anticipated events in our region."

Everyone who visited all 12 of the Chefs on Parade homes was able to vote for his or her favorite chef. In addition to bragging rights, the winner will be featured on the cover of next year's Chefs on Parade magazine.