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3rd Annual Top Chef of the Year Tampa Bay event winners
3rd Annual Top Chef of the Year Tampa Bay event winners

Tampa, Florida -- Twelve of Tampa Bay’s finest executive chefs battled it out in front of 160 guests at the Child Abuse Council’s 3rd Annual Top Chef of the Year Tampa Bay event on March 26.

Courses ranged from popular crowd favorites, such as Kobe beef tenderloin and lobster bisque to food with a twist, such as squid-ink pappardelle and bacon ice cream. They came, they cooked and they conquered.

Photo Gallery: 3rd Annual Top Chef of the Year Tampa Bay

Three awards were up for grabs tonight, with Chef Rich Mathis, from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, nabbing two of them: “Top Chef of the Year Tampa Bay” and “Best Table Décor”. Mathis achieved the highest overall average on the courses he prepared for the night to win the top honor. His table was also voted on by guests as the most visually appealing of the night.

Chef Ryan Mitchell, from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, won the “Top Philanthropic Chef of the Year Award”. Mitchell raised the most money through sponsorships and live auction items for the Child Abuse Council.

The Top Chef of the Year Tampa Bay event raised nearly $42,000 for the Child Abuse Council and its programs. The Child Abuse Council would like to thank all of our participating chefs and their awe-inspiring generosity: Chef Andrew Basch of Pelagia Trattoria, Chef Caesar Castro of Public Greenwise Market, Chef Ben Guggenmos of the Hillsborough County Schools System, Chef Gerard Jamgotchian of L’Eden, Chef Rene Marquis of the Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base, Chef Rich Mathis of the Tampa Bay Times Forum, Chef Ryan Mitchell of Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Chef Richard Preston of SHOR American Seafood Grill at the Clearwater Hyatt, Chef Parker Stafford of the Blue Water Grill at the Wyndham Tampa Westshore, Chef Mike Von Burg of Armani’s, Chef Dave West of Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium in Brandon and Chef Keith Williamson of Jackson’s Bistro, Bar & Sushi.

All proceeds from this event directly support the Child Abuse Council, a Hillsborough county wide non-profit whose mission is to build strong families in the Tampa Bay region through child abuse prevention and family education programs. For more information on the Child Abuse Council, please visit our website at www.childabusecouncil.com.

Info courtesy of Child Abuse Council of Hillsborough County.

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