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Inside look at the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament and meet the expert judge

I was one of the judges for the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament on July 28, 2014. It was a great battle between Chad Medina, Executive Chef/Owner
of Kelsey's Irish Pub and Janny Kim,
Executive Chef
at Bistro Blanc. The theme of the evening's match was Parisian.

Featured Ingredients:

  • Nicoise olives from Roland
  • Black forest ham from Hatfield
  • Prunes from Azar Nuts
  • Whole duck from Maple Leaf Farms
  • Chimay unsalted butter and Chimay reserve from Atalanta
  • Tomato vinegar, AL'Olivoer extra virgin olive oil, and Esprit du sel gris from DeMedici
  • Shallots from Tulkoff

The winner of the evening was the Black Team which was Janny Kim,
Executive Chef
at Bistro Blanc.

About Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament

The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, the largest culinary competition of its kind in the country, is set to enter Semi-Final competition on August 11th. The original field of 16 top area chefs is now down to just four, with only three matches remaining to determine the Champion!

Chef teams from Chefs’ Expressions (Timonium), Basta Pasta (Timonium), Conrad’s Seafood (Perry Hall), and Bistro Blanc (Glenelg) are vying for over $10,000 in prizes, including cash, a 2-day all-expense paid trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to tourCrave Brothers, the New Glaris Beer Plant, and the Emmi Roth USA Plant, as well as attend the Culinary Executive Center for Cheese Course Plates and Fondue for lunch provided by sponsor Emmi-Roth USA, a $3,000 oven provided by sponsor Vulcan, a day training with Certified Master Chef Edwin Scholly, along with numerous other culinary equipment and prizes as well as the title of 2014 Mason Dixon Master Chef Champions!

Matches are being held at the Inn at the Colonnade in Baltimore (4 West University Parkway, Baltimore). Semi-Final matches are listed below. 10% of each ticket sold goes directly to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, the competition’s charity partner.

About experit judge Master Chef Edwin Scholly

Germany Certified Master Chef Edwin Scholly is scheduled to sit on the expert judging panel for the remaining three matches of the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. In addition, Master Chef Scholly has agreed to spend a day cooking and training with the winning chef team as part of the prize package worth nearly $10,000!

Master Chef Scholly has 26 years of culinary experience, is the host of the new “Making of the Chef Nigeria” television show currently airing in Nigeria and the UK, and is currently ranked one of the top 25 chefs in the world.

Master Chef Scholly’s experience includes being a member of the German National Team from 1995 to 2005 (earning gold, silver, and bronze medals in all categories), serving as personal chef to clientele including Madonna, Donald Trump, Bruce Springstein, Sir Paul McCartney, Neil Diamond, and Garth Brooks. He has also worked for four past Presidents of the United States, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama. He served Her Majesty, the Queen of England, as well as The Dali Lama and other Dignitaries, Heads of State and Ambassadors worldwide.

Master Chef Scholly is also a seasoned competitor himself having competed in competitions worldwide and won a variety of top honors including: 1996 German Master Chef of the Year, 1995 Bocuse d’Or – 5th place in France, eight gold medals; ten silver medals; seven bronze medals.

Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Tickets

Tickets*: $35 for general admission (includes tax)

$55 for judging experience (includes tax)

Available for purchase at:

The $35 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.

Semi-Final Matches:

The line-up for August 11 and 12 matches in “Battle South East Asia” include:

  • Monday, August 11 - Chef Janny Kim of Bistro Blanc versus Chef Adam Snyder of Chef’s Expressions
  • Tuesday, August 12 - Chef Kiet Philavanh of Basta Pasta versus Chef Jake Hack of Conrad’s Seafood

Happy Hour (6:00 – 7:00pm) each evening features complementary wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres, and special pricing on drinks and food for purchase from Alizée American Bistro both days. Guests also enjoy a complementary dessert bar and coffee to top off their evening. Event details available at:

When & Where:

Semi-Finals: August 11, 12

Championship Match: Sunday, August 24

  • 5:30 -7:00p.m. – Happy Hour (free appetizers and wine/spirit tasting)
  • 6:25 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins
  • 7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition
  • 8:00pm – Judging Begins (complementary dessert and coffee bar for all guests)

Inn at the Colonnade
4 West University Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21218

*Tickets must be purchased in advance for the above pricing. $45/ $65 day of and at the door (if available).

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