Food Festivals

VOTE via Facebook for Chef to Challenge Roy Villacrusis at Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival Grand Chef Throwdown

In less than two weeks, one of South Florida's most exciting food events, the 6th annual Palm Beach Food and Wine Festival, will be upon us -- a time when the country's most famous chefs come to cook at Palm Beach's most prestigious resorts and restaurants.

The food fun starts Friday, December 7 with a food truck competition, and continues with a series of events ending with one of the most popular: the 6th annual Grand Tasting, where more than 30 chefs from New York to Los Angeles will showcase their skills.

But what about an event for local chefs only? In the past three years the Grand Tasting has also featured the Grand Chef Throwdown, where three local chefs go head-to-head for a $10,000 grand prize and the honor of being named the "Grand Chef Master" by a panel of celebrity judges including Norman Van Aken, owner of Norman's in Coral Gables.

However, before the show begins, two contestants must be chosen to compete against reigning champion and local chef Roy Villacrusis, the only chef to have won the Grand Chef Throwdown since the contest's inception in 2010, having taken home the title two years running.

See Also:
-- Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest 2012
-- Villacrusis Wins Food and Wine Fest Grand Chef Throwdown
-- Palm Beach Food and Wine Fest Features "Top Chef"

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Nicole Danna is a Palm Beach County-based reporter who began covering the South Florida food scene for New Times in 2011. She also loves drinking beer and writing about the area's growing craft beer community.
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