The Next Showdown:
Epic Chef Showdown
Epicurean Hotel and Feeding Tampa Bay are excited to welcome back this initiative for the fifth consecutive year as part of our partnership to fight hunger in the Tampa Bay community.
Epic Chef Showdown will pit the area’s top restaurants against each other in a friendly cooking competition. In each round, the two competing chefs will receive a mystery box of ingredients that are not commonly prepared together, and will be challenged to create two dishes that are unique, aesthetically pleasing, and of course delicious, under the pressure of the clock. When time is up, the chefs will present their prepared dishes to the judges to be critiqued and scored. At the close of the round, one of the chefs will be eliminated, and the winning chef moves on to the next round.
Epic Chef Showdown was created to bring the community together to not only enjoy the camaraderie and food from our local top restaurants, but to also take part in something much larger that is happening around us every single day. Hunger is a serious and severe issue in our area — affecting one in seven adults and one in four children. These are our neighbors, coworkers, veterans, and friends who need our help.
Come celebrate our local culinary talent, delicious food and lasting partnerships, but more importantly, join us to help our community in need.
Founded in 1982, Feeding Tampa Bay is the largest food rescue and distribution organization in the community, serving a food-insecure population of more than 700,000 people in a 10-county area. Feeding Tampa Bay recovers surplus food donations from local growers, manufacturers, supermarkets and organized community food drives and distributes it to those in need through a partnership network of more than 600 faith-based and other incorporated non-profit hunger relief organizations. Over the last five years, Feeding Tampa Bay has supplied more than 100 million pounds of food – enough to provide more than 3 million meals every month to those who would otherwise go hungry.
The late Bern Laxer believed strongly that in the business of food and wine,
one must be a student for life. In this spirit, dedicated experts, eager novices and
everything in-between come together to teach and learn from one another at the Epicurean
Theatre. Inspired by Epicurus’ own philosophical school, this space acts as a forum for
the open discussion of a range of topics, from cultural trends to the art of mixology
and cooking techniques.
Welcome to our 40-seat fully equipped Viking showroom kitchen!