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The summer started off with a field of 16 top executive chefs in the region competing in the Mason Dixon Master Chef competition for the top prize in an Iron Chef Style live competition. Round 1 concluded at the end of June, and round 2 has just begun.

The competition has been running for about 7 years with modifications made annually to improve the experience. This year’s biggest change is that general tickets ($45) are included as judging tickets, meaning that each ticket-holder has the chance to experience all of the dishes from all three courses as well as contribute to the judging.

Each week features two chefs competing to win a themed battle. Battle Baltimore, Battle Fromage and the Grand Championship Battle Royale remain on the schedule for upcoming weeks. The current contenders still include:

Robert Simon, Admiral Fell Inn
Jonathan Hicks, Cosima
Fabio Mura, Grille 620 / River Hill Grill
Kitty Ashi, Monsoon Siam
Francois Giovanni Merle, Personal Chef and 2016 Mason Dixon Master Chef Champion
Lanydrek Christ Pandzou, SoBe Restaurant
Damon Hersh, The Inn at Brookville Farms
Terence Tomlin, Upscale Dining Experience

This year’s competition has been hosted by Points South Latin Kitchen on Mondays and Tuesdays. For the schedule, bracket, and ticket purchase check here.

From the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Founders: 
The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, now in its seventh year, pits top chef teams one-on-one in a single-elimination bracket-style culinary competition held each summer. Each night of competition the chef teams are required to produce a unique appetizer, entrée and dessert in 30 minutes prep time and one hour cooking time using required ingredients, imagination, and their own culinary talents. The expert panel of judges, as well as audience members decide the winner each night, with one team advancing to the next round, and one team being eliminated.
Tickets for all remaining dates of this summer-long single-elimination chef competition are available for purchase now at: http://www.masondixonmasterchef.com. Tickets for Round 2 matches are just $45 ($65 for Semi-Finals and Championship matches). All tickets include all taxes, a wine tasting by Boordy Vineyards, passed hors d’oeurves, the competition, dessert and coffee.  New this year, ALL Tickets for the competition are ‘Judging Experience’ tickets, which allow all guests to taste each of the six courses the chef teams produce (family-style) and be part of the voting to decide the winner!
In addition, the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament donates 10% of the net proceeds of each ticket sold directly to their charity partner Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland (http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org).