Savor Nashville Seeks Locals for Challenge to the Chefs

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The third edition of Savor Nashville will bring quite a roster of culinary talent to our town the weekend of April 12-13. The list of celebrity chefs cooking at the Hutton Hotel on Saturday, April 13, is pretty darned impressive. Check out the talent:

Chef Jeremy Ashby of Azur Restaurant in Lexington, Ky.; chef Edward Lee of 610 Magnolia in Louisville, Ky.; chef Jeff Michaud of Osteria Restaurant and Amis Restaurant in Philadelphia; chef Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto in New York; and returning to Nashville is chef Robbie Wilson of Mattei's Tavern in Los Olivos, Calif.

Lee and Waxman are Top Chef and Top Chef Masters alums, and Ashby is a budding rock star in Lexington. It'll be nice to get the chance to enjoy Chef Wilson's food again and find out what he's been up to since leaving town. (You may remember him as the former culinary director for Nashville's M Street restaurant group.)

The chefs will prepare a multiple-course dinner with wine pairings, and guests will enjoy an acoustic performance, along with a silent auction benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee.

This esteemed panel of chefs will also serve as the judges of the annual “Challenge to the Chefs,” on Friday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. at the Union Station Hotel. An invited group of Nashville’s top chefs will compete in a cook-off using locally produced ingredients provided to them. Last year's competition was quite a lot of fun.

Guests will sample their unique creations while enjoying cocktails, and will be able to vote for their favorite dishes. Savor Nashville is accepting applications from local chefs for participation in this competition, though space is limited. Chefs interested in competing should contact Lacey Greene Keally for more information.

Tickets are on sale now at the event website. Individual tickets are $160 for the
Celebrity Chef Dinner and $35 for Challenge to the Chefs. An all-access pass is available for $185 per
person. Tables of eight for the Celebrity Chef Dinner are available for $1,500.

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