Top Local Chef, produced by LocalShops1, returns for an eighth season with a surprise from organizers: This year's event will be held on a yacht, with competitors boarding in St. Petersburg and sailing along Tampa Bay.
Local restaurant chefs are encouraged to apply by completing a short application on the Top Local Chef website, www.toplocalchef.com, a release posted on the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce website said.
Chefs selected will be asked to create a new dish using locally brewed coffee provided by event sponsor Kahwa Coffee. The chefs will bring 300 samples of the new dish aboard the yacht Sir Winston in downtown St. Petersburg, and the yacht will sail along Tampa Bay, if weather permits, the release said.
Celebrity Chef Ray Lampe, aka Dr. BBQ, will serve as head judge. Noah Pransky of 10 News will return as the event emcee, the release said.
The event will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, and is open to the public. Guests will be able to sample the creations and vote for their favorites in the people’s choice category, the posting said. Tickets are available through the Top Local Chef website.
There will also be a student competition sponsored by Out of the Weeds and Three Birds Tavern, along with The Ryan Wells Foundation, which provides scholarships and support for students looking to enter the culinary industry, the release said.
LocalShops1 is a coalition of independent businesses and shoppers that promotes and supports companies throughout Tampa Bay, the release said.
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