Saturday, July 28, 2012

Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Round 2

July 28, 2012 - Jessup, MD - The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament kicks-off Round 2 this week with only eight of the original 16 chefs remaining in the field and two outstanding matches lined up.

Monday, July 30th will be the much anticipated battle of two top Baltimore restaurants, Barracudas Bar & Grill with Chef/Owner Billy Hughes competing, and Roy’s Baltimore with Chef Patrick “Opie” Crooks.

Tuesday, July 31st will be the rematch of Chef Jeff Keeney of Catering by Jeff versus Chef Melissa Fordham of Gourmet Again. These two chefs used to work together at The Harryman House and competed in the 2010 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament that eliminated Chef Keeney, so he is out to prove his skills. Both teams will be using proteins from sponsor Holly Poultry for “Battle of the Chicken”.

Rounds two will continue on August 13th and 14th with the following line-up:

Monday, August 13th
SoBo Café, Balitmore – Chef Timothy Dyson
Iron Bridge Wine Company, Columbia – Chef Chris Lewis

Tuesday, August 14th
Newton’s Table, Bethesda – Chef Luis Echeverria
Mie N Yu, Georgetown– Chef R.L. Boyd

Chefs are required to prepare original appetizer, entrée, and dessert creations in an hour for three expert judges and up to 28 ‘Guest Judges’. Final dishes are scored on presentation, creativity and taste, with only one chef from each match advancing to the next round.

Guests are invited to stand right across from chefs to witness the skills and techniques up close and interact with the chefs as they compete. A few guests will even be selected to taste and judge the chefs’ entrée creations alongside the expert judges and “Judging Experience” ticket holders.

In addition, guests arriving in time for Happy Hour (6-7pm) will enjoy complementary appetizers and wine tasting, as well as 2-for-1 drinks.

Advance Tickets*:
$25 for general admission (includes tax)
$45 for judging experience (includes tax) - these ticketholders taste the chefs' creations
Available for purchase at:
*Tickets must be purchased in advance for the above pricing. $30/ $50 at the door.

When & Where:
The competition is now over half-way completed, remaining dates include:
July 30, 31
August 13, 14, 20, 21
September 10 – Final Championship Match

Event Timeline
6:00 p.m. – Happy Hour (2-for-1 drinks, free appetizers and free wine tasting)
6:30 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins
7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition
8:00pm – Judging Begins

Blobs Park Bavarian Biergarten
8024 Max Blobs Park Road
Jessup, MD 20794

Celebrate local cuisine and local talent while supporting an important cause. Ten percent of net proceeds will go to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, a nonprofit organization that delivers nutritious meals, personal contact and related services to homebound individuals.

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