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Celebrity Judges Announced for Top Local Chef 2013

Saturday, January 12, 2013   (0 Comments)
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Media Contact: Mo Venouziou, 

January 11, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FL --  LocalShops1 and Intensity Academy announced today their roster of celebrity judges for the third annual Top Local Chef. The cooking competition will take place in front of a live audience of 150-200 people on April 28, 2013, at the Ale and the Witch courtyard in downtown St. Petersburg.

The judges are Janet Keeler, lifestyle editor of Tampa Bay Times and author of Cookielicious; Arielle Stevenson, assistant editor and food writer at Creative Loafing; Noah Pransky, Emmy award-winning investigative journalist with 10 News and frequent contestant in amateur eating competitions; and Isabel Laessig, founder of Family Foodie.

A portion of event proceeds will go to the Community Food Pantry in Tampa.

More information about the Top Local Chef competition can be found at  LocalShops1's Top Local Chef 2013 is presented by Intensity Academy; and is sponsored by the Ale and the Witch, Community food Pantry, Prints Charming Photo Booth, Savory Spice St. Petersburg, Sunset Appliance Service and The Shoppes at 400 Beach.

Businesses interested in sponsoring Top Local Chef 2013 should contact LocalShops1 at  Restaurants wishing to compete may submit applications through January 31. For more information, contact Mo Venouziou at or 727.686.3565.

About LocalShops1
LocalShops1 is a coalition of hundreds of independently owned businesses and tens of thousands of energetic shoppers with the mission of advocating, promoting and offering support services to companies throughout Tampa Bay. Founded in August 2008, LocalShops1 is the region's most active voice for small businesses and the local network for BALLE, the national nonprofit Business Alliance for Local Living Economies.