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Great Chefs of Jacksonville IV cooking competition happening March 20

The clubhouse at TPC Sawgrass was built in 2007 and cost $32 million, according to Sports Business Daily. The total size of the impressive Mediterranean-style building is 77,000 square feet. This the 2,550 square-foot veranda at the on-site restaurant Nineteen, a 13,000 square feet of banquet/meeting areas, and 3,000 square feet of upper-level terraces. We wrote briefly about Nineteen in a previous article about where to eat when attending The Players golf tournament, which is held yearly at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Nineteen offers American and International food in a relatively casual environment. The impressive veranda is the highlight for Nineteen, offering great views of the lawn and holes 9 and 18 on the Stadium Course. The restaurant is open all week long from 7am-9pm with a happy hour Monday-Saturday from 4:30pm-9pm. Happy Hour features a "5 for $5" Chef's choice menu with 5 specially selected items for $5 each. Nineteen has received the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator and it was included in the top 25 restaurants in Jacksonville by Jacksonville Magazine. Traditions is a more upscale, fine dining restaurant, which is open to the public for lunch and Members-only for dinner.

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Photography by: George Singeltary
Photography by: George Singeltary

Given the excellent venue at TPC Sawgrass, you can see why we are excited that some of our favorite chefs from around Jacksonville are competing in a cooking competition on March 20th, 2014 at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse. Tickets are currently available at Eventbrite at this link and must be purchased in multiples of two at $175 (plus fees) per person; proceeds benefit the Lutheran Social Services Food Bank. The event pits four local chefs against each other on either side in a cooking competition extravaganza. Check-in for the competition is at 6pm and a cocktail hour from 6pm-7pm, which includes passed hors d'oerves and drinks. At 7pm, the patrons will receive the first course. The dinner includes four individual courses with a total of eight dishes served two per course with wine pairings. Diners will fill out ballots for their favorite dish of each two-dish course and the winning team will be announced at the end of the meal.

Team City features the following:

  • Chef Christopher Cohen from bb's
  • Chef Ian Lynch from Ovinte
  • Chef Tom Gray from Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails
  • Chef Steve Thurston from Good Food Company
  • Bar Director Brian Brininker from Taverna

Team Beach features the following:

  • Chef Patrick Moran from TPC Sawgrass
  • Chef Brett Smith from Vernon's at Sawgrass Marriott
  • Chef Joshua Agan from Flying Iguana
  • Chef Danny Groshell from OCean 60

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