Local chefs will battle each other for the title in a multi-week event that begins May 10. The real winner is Moveable Feast— a nonprofit that delivers meals to people with AIDS, breast cancer, and other life-threatening conditions—which will receive 10 percent of the proceeds.
Here’s how it works. Thirty-two teams (a chef and sous chef) will face off in single-elimination events. There will be two cook-offs each week for 16 weeks held at the Grand Ballroom at The Belvedere.
The first go-round features Stephen Carey of Milan against Mark Ricker of Morsel. On May 11, Matthew Merkel of The Reserve challenges Antonios Minadakis of Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. And so on. Check out complete information on the Mason Dixon website.
Judges include Jerry Pellegrino, Sergio Vitale, and Damon Hersh among other local celebs and foodies.
Guests can select two ticket levels. General admission ($55 each, including tax and gratuity) includes a gourmet four-course meal and a chance to be guest judge from a random selection. For $75, visitors receive a four-course meal, reserved VIP seating, and will be able to taste and vote alongside the tournament’s celebrity judges.
Each evening’s event begins with a happy hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by the competition at 8 p.m. and judging beginning at 9 p.m. Tickets are available on the website. Good luck, chefs.