Mason Dixon Chef Tournament Annouces Chefs & Brackets

The annual Mason Dixon Top Chef competition, a multi-week event is a single-elimination tournament designed to showcase some of the area's finest executive chefs and restaurants, is underway for 2016. Now in its sixth year, the Chef cometition pits 16 top chef teams in one-on-one in a single-elimination bracket-style culinary competition. Each night of competition, the chef teams are required to produce a unique appetizer, entrée and dessert in 30 minutes prep time and one hour cooking time using required ingredients, imagination, and their own culinary talents. The expert panel of judges, as well as audience members, decide the winner each night, with one team advancing to the next round, and one team being eliminated.


Last week, top chef teams gathered at Boordy Vineyards (w in Hydes, MD last week to see when their journey to possibly become the 2016 Mason Dixon Top Chef Champions will begin. The final sixteen chef matches were announced and teams found out who their first competitor would be in the eight week competition:



2016 Mason Dixon Chef Competitors

Christopher Vocci, Alexandra’s at Turf Valley

Kurt Peter, Azure

Chad Novak, Das Bier Haus

Fabio Mura, Grille 620

Brian Wells, Hard Yacht Cafe

Francois Giovanni Merle, KitchenCray

Kitty Ashi, Monsoon Siam

Bill Kelley, Renditions Golf

Niko Negas, Roasthouse Pub

Brett Arnold, Smokin’ Hot Bar & Grille

Terence Tomlin, SoBe Restaurant

Jeffrey Barillo, Social Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Brendan McKinney, Tark’s Grill -battles for the Breakfast Category

Darius Jones, That’s My Favorite Catering

Sean Praglowski, The Point in Fells

Greg Mason, The White Oak Tavern



Competition begins June 7

th. All competitions will be held at the Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore, a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel ( A full schedule as well as chef bios are available at


Competition Dates (5:30pm – 9:00pm):

June 7, 8, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28

July 11, 12, 18, 19

August 1, 2, 14


Event Timeline:

5:30 p.m. – Happy Hour with Complementary Hors d’oeurves and Wine Tasting by Boordy Vineyards, plus Drink Specials

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

7:00 p.m. – Chef Competition

8:00 p.m. – Judging Begins, Complementary Dessert and Coffee Served


10% of the net proceeds of each ticket sold directly to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. More information available at, on Twitter @MDMasterChef, and Facebook at Mason Dixon Master Chef.



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