Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Teams Up with Boordy Vineyards to Find Baltimore's Top Chef

by Jennifer Waldera on Jun 1, 2015 in Culture
Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament Teams Up with Boordy Vineyards to Find Baltimore's Top Chef

Just as we’re big fans of our wine, we’re also pretty passionate about our food here at Drink Baltimore. So, it’s nearly needless to say that this year’s partnership between the annual Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament and popular Boordy Vineyards has us counting the days to the start of the tournament’s fifth summer of competition.

Starting on June 15, chef teams from local restaurants will compete against one another each Monday and Tuesday in a single-elimination bracket style tournament with the dual intention of showcasing local culinary talent and giving back to the community (10% of proceeds are donated to Meals on Wheels). The winner of the final match on August 16 will earn the title of 2015 Mason Dixon Master Chef Champion as well as thousands in cash and prizes.

This year, the tournament is welcoming Boordy Vineyards (celebrating its 70th anniversary) in joining in the weekly Iron-Chef-meets-Chopped style competition at the Inn at the Colonnade.

“Partnering with a local vineyard is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. The Tournament was started to highlight local chef talent, restaurants and venues. Adding a great local vineyard like Boordy is a perfect addition,” says Mason Dixon Master Chef CEO Erik Folkart.

Equally enthusiastic about the vineyard’s involvement in the competition, Boordy owner and President Rob Deford says, “This partnership is an honor, and is a natural fit for Boordy. Maryland has a rich culinary tradition that includes the production of fine wines. We welcome the opportunity to pair our wines with dishes prepared by talented local chefs.”

Boordy’s role in the tournament will be twofold with featured tastings and education for guests attending the event as well the usage of its wine in chef creations. Each themed competition will incorporate one of Boordy’s wine styles from a Shiraz in Battle BBQ and a Chardonnay in Battle Comfort Food, to a Cab Franc in Battle Avant Garde and a Petit Cabernet in Battle Chocolate.

Additionally, Boordy has already hosted this year’s chef selection event which featured a Dry Rose, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Franc, all specially created for the Tournament.

In the fall, the two will also partner for the inaugural Taste of Mason Dixon event intended to showcase cuisine from past and current tournament competitors alongside the vineyard’s varied wine selection.

Tickets to tournaments run $25 for regular admission and $45 for a guest judging experience ticket. Both include the pre-competition wine tasting while the latter also lands ticket holders the opportunity to nosh on tasting portions of each chef’s three courses that expert judges will vote on to determine a winner. Brackets with participating chef lineups, tickets and more information can be found at masondixonmasterchef.com.

Photo via Mason Dixon Master Chef 

 


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