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You can be a food judge at Key West's Master Chefs Classic Jan. 26

The Master Chefs Classic set for Jan. 26 in Key West allows food enthusiasts to serve as judges in this culinary competition.
The Master Chefs Classic set for Jan. 26 in Key West allows food enthusiasts to serve as judges in this culinary competition.
Jil Zima Borski

Top local chefs are to vie for culinary honors while food lovers savor their edible entries at Key West's 20th annual Master Chefs Classic. The culinary competition is scheduled 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, overlooking Key West Harbor at the Westin Key West Resort and Marina Pier, 245 Front St.

Chefs from leading Key West restaurants are to compete for first-, second- and third-place honors awarded by judges in the appetizer, entrée and dessert categories. Attendees at the waterfront event can enjoy tapas-sized meals in all three categories and vote for their people’s choice favorites. Norman Aken made a name for himself as a chef after answering an ad in Key West with the words "No experience required."

Particiapting restaurants include: Pier House Harbour, View Cafe, Bistro 245 at the Westin Resort, Strip House / Reach Resort, Latitudes on Sunset Key, Croissants De France, Rooftop Café, Little Palm Island, Great Events Catering, Rooftop Cafe and Pepe's Cafe.

The celebration of cuisine raises funds for the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens, also called MARC, a nonprofit agency that provides life services for intellectually disabled adults in the Florida Keys.

Only 450 tickets are available for the culinary tasting and competition. Ticket prices begin at $65 per person, and groups of attendees can reserve tables with unlimited premium wine and a wine server for the table. Tickets can be purchased at www.keystix.com.

Event information: www.masterchefsclassic.com or 305-294-9526, ext. 25
Key West visitor information: www.fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
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