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Chefs For Excellence says
You’ve seen it on TV, but now you have a chance to be part of the action! Hillsborough County Center of Excellence, Inc. and Epicurean Hotel are partnering with celebrity Chef Maxcel Hardy and FOX 13's Russell Rhodes to host “Chefs for Excellence” a once-in-a-lifetime culinary competition!

Sign up as a participant and join one of four teams – each coached by a renowned local chef – that will compete in two rounds, both featuring challenging mystery ingredients. With the instruction of their chef, each team of four must use their quick-thinking culinary skills to create two dishes that are unique, aesthetically pleasing and, of course, delicious … all under the pressure of a time clock. When the time is up and the buzzer has sounded, the teams will present their gastronomic creations to our three local celebrity judges to be critiqued and scored. All team members will receive an autographed copy of Amar’e Stoudemire and Chef Max’s cookbook. In addition to the cookbook, the winning team members will earn bragging rights and gift baskets suitable for a champion gourmand.

If you prefer a seat on the sidelines, Epicurean will indulge spectators with a three-course menu, including culinary delights from Élevage paired with wines and dessert from local favorite, Mike's Pies, Inc., during the show.

Proceeds from both contest participants and spectators will benefit the Center of Excellence, a non-profit organization that’s helped Tampa Bay-area students succeed for over 30 years. Center of Excellence aims to increase the number of minority students at institutions of higher education by engaging them from K-12 and were instrumental in starting the first Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) program in Hillsborough County.

We hope you will join us for an evening of food and fun to support an organization that’s vital to our local community.

Participant sign-up is first come, first served. Sign up early to choose your coach!

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By: Epicurean Hotel, Autograph Collection