Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament enters semi-finals
The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, which began in May with 16 Baltimore chefs taking on 16 Washingtonians in an "Iron Chef"-style competition, is down to the final four.
The semi-finalists -- three classically trained men and one self-taught woman. -- will compete tonight and Tuesday at The Belvedere Hotel with hopes of advancing to the Sept. 13 finals.
Tonight, Kenneth Plante will take on Sarah Mogol. Plante, who trained at Baltimore International College, is executive chef of Red Star in Fells Point. The self-taught Mogol has been a caterer under the name Bountiful Catering and has taught cooking classes in the Washington area.
On Tuesday, Justin McGuann will compete against Dennis Friedman. McGuann recently took a job with Aldo’s Ristorante Italiano. He trained at Baltimore International College. Friedman is chef-owner of Bezu, a French-Asian fusion restaurant in Potomac. He trained at the Culinary Institute of America.
The event takes place at Truffles Catering at the Belvedere in Mount Vernon. Tickets are available at www.MasonDixonMasterChef.com.
General admission tickets are $55, including tax and gratuity. They entitle the holder to a four-course meal by Chef Timothy Dore of Truffles. General Admission ticket holders are also eligible for random selection as a guest judge for that evening’s competition.
"Judging Experience" tickets cost $75 each, including tax and gratuity. Those tickets include a four-course meal and tastes of all six of the chefs’ creations.
Ten percent of net proceeds go to Moveable Feast, a local nonprofit organization that delivers nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer and other life-threatening conditions.Carpaccio of beef, a Kenneth Plante creation when he was at Miss Irene's. Sun file photo