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Student Competition @ Top Local Chef!
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5-7:30 pm Sunday, April 30, 2017   |    Aboard Sir Winston, Downtown St Pete

Our popular Top Local Chef extravaganza puts professional chefs against each other, creating new specialty dishes and serving them to guests and judges aboard a luxury yacht. The event features the area's top foodies, celebrity judges led by celebrity chef Ray Lampe Dr BBQ, emcee Noah Pransky of 10 News, a Tampa Bay marketplace with locally sourced products and more!


New this year! Student Smackdown!

Are your career dreams in the culinary industry? Are you whipping out special meals for family and friends? Do you have what it takes to be named the first-ever Student Top Chef? We'll give you a crate full of ingredients. You prepare and present your creation to our Celebrity Judges Panel!


Students may enter as individuals or in teams of up to three students.

Deadline to apply is March 24, 2017.


The Student Smackdown is sponsored by Out of the Weeds and Three Birds Tavern in St. Petersburg, and presented by LocalShops1 in collaboration with The Ryan Wells Foundation.


Please fill out the form below for consideration!




Competition Day Sunday, April 30: Students must arrive at 3 pm for setup. Doors open at 5 pm and the yacht departs at 5:30 pm! Each student will receive a crate full of ingredients and be asked to prepare a healthy plated dish for each of the six chefs. Students may use only the ingredients included in their crate. Students are responsible for any equipment needed for cooking, preparation, plating and serving. Dishes will be judged on taste as well as appearance/plating. Dishes may include salads, wraps or sandwiches.

Students selected to compete will receive a selection of Out of the Weeds dressings in advance, to come up with ideas, but the rest of the ingredients will not be revealed until competition day, when they open their crates.

Do you have what it takes?