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The Contestants

Posted By LocalShops1, Monday, August 1, 2011
Professional

Pia's Trattoria, Gulfport
Pia Goff: "My passion is food and my love goes to the people I cook for."

T & Me Tea Co., Gulfport
James Clark: "I bring not only a serious commitment of fun to the table, but also bring my passion for food, friends (new and old) and an absolute desire to share all of my talents with the world."


Twisted Cork, St. Petersburg
Sean Gwynn: "We have a love and passion for food and would like to be a part of your competition!! Sounds like a fun way to get to know new people and havean opportunity to showcase our talents!!"

St Pete Bagel, St. Petersburg
Oldrich Pleva and Lukas Pleva:  "Our bakery has been operating in St. Petersburg since 1987, and our chefs have more than 25 years of combined experience. This contest will provide us with an opportunity to showcase our skills in a friendly and supportive community of supporters and customers. It will challenge us to come up with a new and exciting bagel flavor, while adding culinary diversity to the contest."


The Milk n' Honey Tea Room, Tampa
Kathy Glenn: "I have been cooking with Michele's sauces for over 2 years now ... would love an opportunity to show that a self taught chef with a small restaurant can compete with the big guys!"

Dolce Debbie

Debbie Frangipane: "I love the creative challenge of using new ingredients and especially love the sauces from Intensity Academy. Also, not only is my food creative and "saucy" but I enjoy the interaction with the public and would love the opportunity to share my enthusiasm for all things culinary."


Amateur

Andrew Hewitt, aka "Don Stugots":
  "I have fun cooking and I look great in an apron."

Lisa Fuentes: "I am a HUGE fan of making "Stuff." What is "Stuff?" I'm so glad you asked. "Stuff" is made on those nights the family doesn't know what they want and I don't either. So, "Stuff" comes when I just start throwing things together to come up with something. It would be fun to take a new sauce and create something around it."

Vicki Apple:  "I love to cook. Friends and family rave about my creations. I blog my favorite recipes and meal preparation and presentation is my passion. It would be an honor (and fun) to go head to head with some of the areas professional chefs. My dream is to one day own a fine dining restaurant that serves dinner only, but doubles during the lunch hours as a soup kitchen for those in need...using left over ingredients from the night before to create great free meals and have zero waste to help the environment.

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