Thursday, July 25, 2013

Mason Dixon Master Chef Competition to Enter Round Two

The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, a live, local, interactive culinary competition, completed Round 1 competition this week. The original field of 16 top area chefs is now down to just eight, as the competition enters Round 2 and the final month of competition. Each week the competition is getting more intense and the scores tighter; one match this week was decided by .04 of one point!

Matches are being held throughout the summer on most Mondays and Tuesdays at the Mari Luna Bistro in Baltimore. Round 2 matches are listed below. 10% of each ticket sold goes directly to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, the competition’s charity partner.

Tickets*: $25 for general admission (includes tax)
$45 for judging experience (includes tax)
Available for purchase at:
*Tickets must be purchased in advance for the above pricing. $35/ $55 at the door (if available).

The $25 ticket price includes admission to that night’s competition, wine/spirit tasting, passed hors d’oeuvres during happy hour, dessert and coffee bar, all taxes and a 10% donation to charity. Tickets are on sale now, and are expected to sell out quickly.

Round 2 Matches:

The line-up for July 29 and 30 matches in “Battle Latin America” include:

Match 9: Monday, July 29 - Chef Jeff Keeney of The Point in Fells versus Chef Billy Hughes of Barracudas Restaurant and Bar

Match 10: Tuesday, July 30 - Chef Mark Dunaway of Regi’s American Bistro versus Chef Christopher Lewis of Iron Bridge Wine Company

The line-up for August 5 and 6 matches in “Battle Belgium” include:

Match 11: Monday, August 5 –Chef Jirat Suphrom In versus Chef Melissa Fordham of Gourmet Again

Match 12: Tuesday, August 6 – Chef Neill Howell of Bond Street Social versus Chef Jake Hack of Chef’s Expressions

Happy Hour each evening will feature a complementary wine or spirit tasting, hors d’oeuvres, as well as special pricing on drinks and food for purchase from Mari Luna Bistro both days. Guests will also enjoy a complementary dessert bar and coffee to top off their evening. Event details available at:

When & Where:

The 8-week event kicks-off next week and continues through the summer, with two competitions each week, until August 27th.

5:30 -7:00p.m. – Happy Hour (free appetizers and wine/spirit tasting)
6:30 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins
7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition
8:00pm – Judging Begins (complementary dessert and coffee bar for all guests)

Mari Luna Bistro
1225 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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