This is the third year that the Mason Dixon Master Chef competition has pitted local chef against local chef in a bracketed competition to find out who is the best chef/team in “Maryland” land. Last night the finale was held at Jaime Luna’s downtown Mari Luna Bistro.
Attendees arrived to watch the competition, some paying extra for judging experience, enjoy wine tastings, sample hors d’oeuvres from Chef Luna and/or order dinner from the Mexican bistro. Husband and wife Karen and Eric Folkart are the team who has put this completion together. It isn’t an easy feat creating a cooking arena in the middle of a restaurant but that is what was done every week during this summer competition.
This was the first year that Bond Street Social participated and the 2nd for Iron Bridge Wine who made it to the finale in 2012 only to lose by a decimal point last year to Opie Crooks, then with Roy’s Restaurant.
The judging panel consisted of executive chefs Ted Stelzenmuller-Jack’s Bistro, Mitchell Platt-Woodholme Country Club and Marc Dixon-Bistro Blanc. Their task was not easy critiquing and judging three courses from each team, all were so well executed. If a specified item missed making it on a plate there were deductions but in the end they were nitpicking to find any faults with the dishes.
Who would make it home with the coveted Mason Dixon Master Chef coat and medal? Who edged the other team out once again by the narrowest of margins? Congratulations to team Bond Street Social and Executive Chef Neill Howell!
Another congratulation is in order to Meals on Wheels who were the beneficiary of $2,500 in donations from Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament organizers.
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