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Top Local Chef 2016 Announces Chefs, Judges

Sunday, March 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
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March 7, 2016

What: Top Local Chef + Tampa Bay Marketplace, Tampa Bay’s hottest competition, connecting the area’s foodies with the best restaurateurs and private chefs in the region
When:  5-7 pm Sunday, April 24, 2016
Where: Gulfport Casino & Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd., Gulfport
Admission: General admission and VIP passes available at
Event website:
More info: or 727-637-5586

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Eight local chefs have been selected to participate in the 2016 Top Local Chef + Tampa Bay Marketplace, the area’s top foodies event organized by LocalShops1. 

They are:

Each chef will be asked to create a new dish using Florida Valencia Oranges. The chefs will then bring their dishes to LocalShops1’s sixth annual Top Local Chef event, which takes place 5-7 pm Sunday, April 24, 2016, at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd in Gulfport.

The event is hosted by emcee Janet Keeler, visiting assistant professor and coordinator of food writing and photography graduate certificate at USF St Petersburg.

General admission and VIP seats are available at our online store

The chefs will be judged by a panel of food experts and journalists:


2016 Sponsors

2016 Non-Profit Partner

The event also features the Top Local Chef marketplace, with a variety of products and services, including: 

Top Local Chef is a production of  LocalShops1, with the support of sponsors Gulfport Area Chamber of CommerceIntensity Academy Gourmet SaucesRed Hot Tiki Spicy Gourmet Market and Beach Bar | Restaurant.


The nonprofit partner is CASA, which helps survivors of domestic violence.


For sponsorship or other information contact Ester Venouziou, LocalShops1 & Top Local Chef founder, at or 727.637.5586.



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.