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The 4th Annual Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament starts cooking June 16

A look back and look forward on the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. New venue Inn at the Colonnade
A look back and look forward on the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament. New venue Inn at the Colonnade
photograph by Dara Bunjon©

If you are hooked on the culinary competitions on television; Top Chef, Cutthroat Kitchen, Master Chef, Chopped etc you can be a judge at this Mid-Atlantic competition to find 2014 Mason Dixon Master Chef or be a voyeur; watch along with other audience members.

Iron Bridge chefs hurry to complete their dish
photographs by Dara Bunjon©

Each year for the past three years, sixteen regional chefs competed in front of a live audience in an à la minute challenge of creating an appetizer, entrée and dessert. The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament is a bracketed competition, like basketball’s March Madness, executive chefs and assistants gain their seat in the next bracket as they win their competitions until it is down to the last two winning chefs and the finale as to who is 2014’s Mason Dixon Master Chef.

Winners from the past three Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournaments have been: Chef Dennis Friedman now owner and chef at Newton’s Table, Chef Roy “Opie” Crooks now with ShooFly Diner and Chef Neill Howell now owner of Corner Pantry.

Hosting the live competition this year is the Inn at the Colonnade in Roland Park. Guests can purchase a general admission ticket for $25 which includes drinks specials, complimentary appetizers, coffee and dessert. Your host at the Colonnade will have optional menu items available for purchase. You can purchase the judge’s experience ticket for $45 which includes everything that comes with the general admission along with tasting the competition dishes and judging them. Tickets are on sale now.

2014 Mason Dixon Chef Competitors

  • Nina Swartz, Aida Bistro & Wine Bar
  • Gerado Goncales, Anastasia/Tapas Adela
  • Kiet Philavanh, Basta Pasta
  • Janny Kim, Bistro Blanc
  • Timothy Dyson, Bluegrass Bistro
  • Rob Palen, Captain James Landing
  • Aaron McCloud, Cedar DC
  • Adam Snyder, Chef’s Expressions
  • Jake Hack, Conrad’s Seafood
  • Shawn McClure, Cowboys and Rednecks
  • James DiChiara, The Mt. Airy Tavern
  • Jirat Suphrom In, My Thai
  • Jeff Keeney, The Point in Fells
  • Mark Tracey, Roland Park Place
  • Brett Arnold, Smokin’ Hot Bar & Grille
  • Matt Szymanski, The Wonderland Ballroom

Who will be the winner? Who can stand the pressure of the competition, who will be focused and who bit off more than they can chew? You can enjoy the drama of real live completion, up close and personal.

I would be remiss not to say that Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament organizers generously donate 10% to Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels' mission is to enhance quality of life through the provision of nutritious meals, personal contact and related services to homebound individuals. Last year, over 740,000 home-delivered meals were prepared and delivered to more than 2,900 homebound clients through the coordinated efforts of Meals on Wheels staff and some 2,000 volunteers.

Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament 2014
Inn at the Colonnade
4 W. University Parkway
Baltimore, MD 21218

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