Your 2014 Iron Fork Competitors: 404 Kitchen, Porter Road Butcher, Firefly Grille, Lockeland Table

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The Nashville Scene is proud to announce the chefs competing in this year's Iron Fork competition:

* Matt BolusChef, The 404 Kitchen. Last month, The 404 Kitchen was named a 2014 semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in America by the James Beard Foundation.

* Chris Carter & James PeiskerCo-owners, Porter Road Butcher. Listed as one of the five best artisanal butcher shops in America by Bon Appetit in 2012.

* Kristen GregoryExecutive chef, Firefly Grille. Winner, 2013-14 season premiere of Chopped.

* Hal Holden-BacheExecutive chef, Lockeland Table. Lockeland Table was named a 2013 semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in America by the James Beard Foundation.

That's a helluva group of chefs.

The rules are simple: Each chef (and his or her sous chef — the Porter Road guys won't get one since they're competing as a duo) will have one hour to prepare plates for a panel of judges based on one secret ingredient.

Last year, Jessica Benefield, then of Virago, won with maple syrup, while in 2012 Laura Wilson triumphed with a trio of mushrooms.

The event is 6 to 9:30 p.m. in the Commodore Ballroom at Vanderbilt University, and tickets are on sale now. The event has sold out in the past, so if you want to see the chefs compete, eat some great food and drinks and hang out with fellow food lovers, get them soon.

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