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Two Local Chefs Are Finalists in Food-Wine Competition

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The finalists for the first Edible Texas Wine-Food Match have been announced, and two San Antonio chefs are among the top five. They include Patrick James Edwards of Jason Dady's Bin 555 at Artisans Alley, 555 Bitters Road, and Peter Smith of JW Marriott Hill Country Resort, 23808 Resort Parkway. The other finalists  include Kelly Casey of Jeff Blank's Hudson's on the Bend in Austin, David Garrido of Garrido's Restaurant in Austin and Josh Raymer of Navajo Grill in Fredericksburg. The finalists were chosen from a field of 27 entries. Each chef had to present a three-course meal featuring Texas products and paired with Texas wines. Among the judges were chef Monica Pope of Houston's t'afia, Mary Martini of Central Market, Pat Sharpe of Texas Monthly, and Bonnie Walker and John Griffin of SavorSA. Judges for the finals will include celebrity chefs Jacques Pépin and John Besh; François Dionot, founder of L'Academie de Cuisine; and Paula Lambert, founder of the Mozzarella Company. The five finalists will prepare their tasting menu at a sit-down dinner set for 7 p.m. June 3 at the AT&T Executive Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., Austin. Tickets are priced at $100 apiece with proceeds benefiting the new nonproft Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts. The grand prize winner will be announced at the end of the evening. A People’s Choice Award will also be presented. The event is being presented by Edible Austin and The Texas Food and Wine Gourmet. For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.
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