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Contestants Vie for Spots in LocalShops1’s Top Local Chef 2013

Wednesday, January 2, 2013   (0 Comments)
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January 11, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG, FL --  LocalShops1 and Intensity Academy announced today set a deadline of January 31 for contestants to complete their application for the third annual Top Local Chef.  The cooking competition will take place in front of a live audience of 150 people on April 28, 2013 at the Ale and the Witch courtyard in downtown St. Petersburg.

"With it’s growing popularity, we are having to become even more selective in picking this year’s contestants,” said Mo Venouziou, V.P. of LocalShops1.  Six professional chefs will make dishes featuring Intensity Academy’s Garlic Goodness hot sauce for 4 celebrity judges and samples for 150 attendees.   
At stake?  Fame, fortune and the coveted GIANT FORK.

This year’s 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 Isabel Laessig, founder of Family Foodie.
A portion of event proceeds will go to the Community Food Pantry in Tampa, FL. 

Restaurants wishing to compete should submit applications online at by January 31. 

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 Shop St. Petersburg, Sunset Appliance Service and The Shoppes at 400 Beach.

Businesses interested in sponsoring Top Local Chef 2013 should contact LocalShops1 at  For more information, contact Ester Venouziou at or 727.637.5586.