Epicurean to Host 7th Annual Epic Chef to Benefit Tampa Bay Food

TAMPA, FL — Tampa Bay’s top chefs will be challenged to whip up a culinary masterpiece from a list of ingredients at the seventh annual Epic Chef event to benefit Feeding Tampa Bay.

The event will take place July 18, 25 and August 1 at the Epicurean Kitchen at The Epicurean Hotel, 1207 S. Howard Ave., Tampa.

Foodies are invited to the hotel’s test kitchen on three consecutive Mondays to watch the chefs receive a mysterious box of ingredients that are not commonly prepared together, and are challenged to create a unique and flavorful meal in front of a live audience as well as live on Youtube.

All ingredients will be chosen by a child from Feeding Tampa Bay Summer Food Service partner, Boys & Girls Club, along with ingredients provided by the Epicurean team.

Each dish will be judged on its flavor, creativity and, for the first time, the public will vote on its presentation.

The contestants on July 18 will be Chef Steven Franco of Cena at Grand Central at Kennedy in Tampa against Chef Steven Capone of HEW Parlor & Chophouse at the Fenway Hotel in Dunedin.

The contestants for July 25 are chef Suzanne Crouch of Rooster & the Till in Seminole Heights against chef Caleb Edwards of The Mill south of Tampa.

And the contestants on August 1 are chef Jedd Yudelson of Mise en Place versus chef Luis Quezada of Parkshore Grill in St. Petersburg.

The shows will be broadcast live from 6:45 p.m.

While tickets for the live viewing have already sold out, foodies are invited to the Epicurean lobby bar and restaurant for the chance to mingle with the event’s partner restaurants, indulge in hors d’oeuvres from short ribs and a selection of beers, and watch the live show. All proceeds from the live broadcasts as well as the Monday meetups will benefit the nonprofit Feeding Tampa Bay.

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Those at home can catch the show live on Feeding Tampa Bay’s YouTube channel with the opportunity to vote on their favorite chef’s presentation.

Currently, one in six adults faces food insecurity and one in four children go to bed hungry.

The Epic Chef aims to raise awareness of the need for food as well as raise funds for Tampa Bay’s largest non-profit organization that provides food to those in need.

Feeding Tampa Bay provides food assistance in 10 counties with its main warehouse and distribution center in Tampa and specialized hunger solutions centers in Pinellas, Polk, Manatee and Pasco counties.

Last year, Feeding Tampa Bay served over 95 million meals.

Feeding America has just released its annual estimate of charitable food assistance, reporting that 53 million Americans depended on food charities last year, 33% more people than before the coronavirus pandemic.

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