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Florida Chefs to Compete in Culinary Contest This Friday

Some of the top chefs from St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches will make culinary history when they compete at the Renaissance World Golf Resort, Convention Center and Beach Club for the title of Flavors Top Chef . The Flavors Top Chef Cook-Off is one of the featured events that take place during the Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast program which offers unique, delicious and affordably-priced prix fixe (fixed price) dining choices and enticing cultural events through the month of October.

Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast Top Chef Cook-Off will take place Friday, October 12 in the Atrium at the beautiful Renaissance World Golf Resort, Convention Center and Beach Club, from 5 to 7 p.m. The competition will feature more than a dozen chefs conjuring up their signature dishes for a panel of celebrity judges who will select the Best of the Best. In addition, everyone in attendance will sample the prix fixe dinners featured by Flavors participating restaurants in October. Ballots submitted by attendees will determine the Flavors People’s Choice Award! Sponsored by the Renaissance World Golf Resort and The St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, proceeds from the event will support Home Again St. Johns, the primary organization responsible for meeting the needs of the homeless in St. Johns County.

Advance tickets for Flavors Top Chef Cook-Off are available online for $20 at www.HistoricCoastFlavors.com. Tickets are also available at the door for $25 per person.

First Coast News Weekend Anchor, Jessica Clark will emcee the Flavors Top Chef Cook-Off. Celebrity judges will be Chef David Bearl, Member of the American Culinary Federation and the Director of College Advancement at the First Coast Technical Institute; Phil Amato, Anchor and Host of Good Morning Jacksonville on WTLV; Jody Sutton, Director of Community Relations at World Golf Hall of Fame; and David Mariotti, Chairman of the VCB Board of Directors and General Manager, The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach.

The restaurants chefs presenting at the Flavors Top Chef Cook-Off represent every part of St. Johns County from elegant Ponte Vedra Beach southward through Vilano Beach, World Golf Village, and to laid-back St. Augustine Beach. They include:

  • 619 Ocean View and Augustine Grille (Sawgrass Marriott Resort)
  • 95 Cordova (Casa Monica Hotel) –  Aviles (Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront)
  • Beaches on Vilano – Donovan’s Irish Pub – Kingfish Grill – Raintree Restaurant
  • Rhett’s Piano Bar and Brasserie – Mulligan’s Irish Pub (Hilton Garden Inn Ponte Vedra Beach)
  • The Tasting Room – The Reef
  • Villagio Italian Grill (Renaissance World Golf Resort)

For complete details on Flavors of Florida’s Historic Coast and to purchase tickets for the October 12 Flavors Top Chef Cook-Off, go to: HistoricCoastFlavors.com. For video appetizers, visit youtube.com/FloridaGetaways

Located midway between Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, Florida’s Historic Coast includes historic St. Augustine, the outstanding golf and seaside elegance of Ponte Vedra, plus 42 miles of pristine Atlantic beaches. These same beaches greeted Ponce de Leon in 1513 when he discovered and named La Florida, an area whose boundaries encompassed what would later become the eastern United States. For more information on events, activities, holiday getaways and vacation opportunities in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches, go to the Visitors and Convention Bureau website at www.FloridasHistoricCoast.com, become a fan on Facebook or call 1.800.653.2489.

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