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Worcester's Best Chef Competition

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Join us for the 8th Annual Worcester’s Best Chef Competition at beautiful Mechanics Hall on Sunday, January 25, 2015.

Every year, Central New England’s premier culinary event hosts the best chefs in the region at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA, all vying to become the next Worcester’s Best Chef – and YOU judge them all! This event sells out fast, so get your tickets while they last. And remember, tickets to WBC make a great holiday/birthday gift or date night (especially since there's no football that Sunday!). Ticket times, quantities, and prices are as follows:

4-5pm: VIP, $70

5pm: Priority Admission, $50

5:30pm: Foodies A (earlier), $40

5:45pm: Foodies B (later), $40

Please note: No tickets will be available at the door.


About the Event

For 7 years, the Worcester’s Best Chef Competition has been promoting and the Central Massachusetts area as a culinary destination for foodies. With its vast array of culinary offerings, Central Massachusetts is rich with culinary expertise and creativity, and WBC’s main goal is to showcase that talent.

There are two categories of competition: Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. As part of the People’s Choice Award, guests receive a tabbed wristband at registration, and they drop tabs for their top 3 picks after tasting their way through all of the competitors’ tables. The Judges’ Choice is Award is granted by the 7-member panel of judges, who vote their top 3 choices. Those 3 chefs are then invited on stage to compete live, Iron Chef-style, in front of the full crowd, on Thermador cooktops provided by Hudson Appliance. It all culminates in an exciting, suspenseful decision by judges as to which of the three will become Worcester’s Best Chef.

Another objective of the event is to assist in the development of up-and-coming chefs. Since its inception, the event has hosted high school culinary students who interact with and shadow the competing chefs. The students also receive a donation at the end of each year’s event. This year, Tantasqua Regional High School’s Culinary Arts program has been invited to share the event alongside Worcester Technical High School’s Culinary Arts students.

Valet parking, a paparazzi photo mob, balcony seating, coffee, wine tastings courtesy of Julio’s Liquors in Westboro, craft beer tastings courtesy of Harpoon, Blue Moon, Sam Adams and Wachusett Brewery, and a full cash bar are also part of the evening.

Come one, come all, and bring your appetite!

Last Year's Event

CONGRATULATIONS to 2014 Worcester's Best Chef Winner Neil Rogers of Volturno Pizza!

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Judges' Picks:

1st place: Neil Rogers of Volturno Pizza

2nd place: Matt Dion of Rovezzi's Ristorante

3rd place: Damian Evangelous of Armsby Abbey

People's Choice Awards:

1st place: Rafael Guzman Cruz of Two Chefs

2nd place: Matt Dion of Rovezzi's Ristorante

3rd place:Cathy Young of EVO Dining

WXLO Perfect Palate Award:

Christopher O'Harra of Flying Rhino

And our guests "won," too! Not just with good food but also some fantastic gift baskets.

What does a VIP ticket get?

Logo at Union StationOpening Program Master of Ceremony Christina Andrianopoulos, producer and talk show host of City Vibes Metro, will host the VIP hour. VIP ticketholders enjoy a relaxing hour strolling through and interacting with chefs one-to-one, discovering their signature dishes and coveted culinary secrets from 4pm until 5pm before the event opens to the general public. Listen to the jazz trio "Players to Be Named Later" as you indulge in all the delicious samples. Experience VIP-only wines from a very exclusive California winery.

What Else is on Tap? 

Plenty--for all ticketholders!

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Jen Carter of the 104.5 FM WXLO morning show and XLO afternoon host Rick Brackett will be your Masters of Ceremony beginning at the 5 o'clock hour.

Vote your palate in the People’s Choice competition, and taste through selections from nine prestigious wineries & craft beer brewers. 


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