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Meet the Chefs: Top Local Chef 2015

Posted By LocalShops1, Sunday, March 8, 2015
Updated: Sunday, March 8, 2015

Get saucy this spring, at LocalShops1 and Intensity Academy Gourmet Sauces' fifth annual Top Local Chef competition Sunday April 26 at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. The battle features chefs from all across Tampa Bay and is produced in support of our nonprofit partner, the Gulfport Historical Society.



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The 2015 finalists for Top Local Chef, listed alphabetically by restaurant name:


Maggie Loflin, Maggie on the Move

"I hate to lose. I will become obsessed with creating a winning recipe and show up at the competition prepared to win. Although I can be fun and lighthearted, I am highly competitive. Should be fun!"


Jill Johnson, Mangia Gourmet

"Growing up in a big Italian family, I learned how to cook from the age of 5! I love what I do and it shows! I believe in keeping it Fresh and Healthy & simply spiced so the true flavor of the food shines through!"


Jonjie Sibayan, Pao Cafe and Truck
"Our name is PAO pronounced like POW! I intend to use my diverse culinary background and expertise to knock out the competition."


Ross Clingman, Marchand’s Renaissance/Marriott

"I love food and competing. I do not like to lose and will do whatever I can to win. I don’t talk much trash. I will let my results speak for themselves."


John Riesebeck, Smokin’ J’s Real Texas BBQ

"From backyard BBQ to white-linen country clubs, I have the ability to take a variety of mixed matched ingredients and produce a flavorful delicious meal. Given these talents I believe I can make an outstanding dish everyone will enjoy."


Rene Valenzuela, Taco Bus

"For Valenzuela, no amount of national recognition is as satisfying as sharing the delicious, authentic food he grew up loving with the community he now calls home. That passion is what fuels the man behind the wheel of the Taco Bus. Because Taco Bus always wins!"


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