2013 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Kicks off

The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament kicked off its third year with a Breakfast Meet & Greet and Food Show yesterday. In attendance were over 20 chefs vying for the opportunity to compete in this summer’s tournament begin held at the Mari Luna Bistro in the heart of Baltimore’s cultural district. The tournament’s Platinum, Gold and Silver sponsors were also in attendance to give the chef’s a sneak peek at some of the food products, equipment and even chef wear that they will be using in the competition.


Chefs mingled, ate breakfast and met with Mason Dixon organizers to be interviewed for their chance to be a part of this unique multi-week single-elimination tournament.


Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, the tournament’s charity partner for the past two years, was also on hand to educate people on the important work they do, and thank the chefs, restaurant owners, and sponsors for donating their time, talents and products to this worthwhile event.


Originally started as a way to boost the sagging Baltimore economy, the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament has quickly become a showcase for area chefs to flex their culinary muscles, and wow audiences with their most creative dishes. It has also allowed a number of sponsors the opportunity to showcase their products, all while helping a local food charity.


The final 16 chef teams will be announced in the next week at www.MasonDixonMasterChef.com, and on Twitter @MDMasterChef, and Facebook at Mason Dixon Master Chef.


Tickets*: $25 for general admission (includes tax)

$45 for judging experience (includes tax)

Available for purchase at: www.masondixonmasterchef.com

*Tickets must be purchased in advance for the above pricing. $30/ $50 at the door.

10% of net proceeds of each ticket sold go directly to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.


Event Details

The 8-week event kicks-off June 17th and continues through the summer, with two competitions most weeks, until August 27th. All events are held at the Mari Luna Bistro, 1225 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.


Competition Dates (6:00pm – 9:00pm, doors open at 5:30 for Happy Hour):

June 17, 18, 24, 25

July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

August 5, 6, 19, 20, 27

Event Timeline:

5:30 p.m. – Happy Hour with Complementary Appetizers and Wine Tasting, plus Drink Specials

6:30 p.m. – Cold Prep Begins for the Competition

7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition

8:00pm – Judging Begins


Corporate Sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: Mari Luna Bistro
Gold Sponsor: Atalanta / DeMedici, AM Briggs, Chef a la mode, Maple Leaf Farms, Roland Food, Steelite International, Sysco Food Service
Silver Sponsors: All Around Reps, Azar Nuts, E. Goodwin Seafood, Emmi Roth USA, Hatfield, Heinz, Koch Chicken, Logan Sausage, Marcho Farms
Bronze Sponsors: Acqua Panna / S. Pellegrino, BelGioioso, ECOLAB, Manzo Foods, Mercer Tools, Paderno, Phillips Foods, Provimi Foods, Waring

Other Sponsors include: American Metalcraft, CookTek, Libbey Glass, Schmid Wilson


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