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Cooking for a Cause

Nothing brings us together more than enjoying a meal around the table. It’s where communities come together, important conversations happen, laughter ensues and where lasting memories are made. Each year, we take a moment to celebrate local chefs who tirelessly give their time and effort to provide these moments for us.

LIVE at The Epicurean Kitchen

Join us at the Epicurean Kitchen to watch our local elite chefs in action. The heat rises in the kitchen as our chefs receive a mystery box of ingredients that are not commonly prepared together, and are challenged to create a unique, aesthetically pleasing, and of course delicious, dish under the pressure of the clock. As you watch in anticipation, your taste buds will not only be awakened, but your participation will also play a part in something much larger happening in our area...the reality that so many do not know where their next meal will come from.

Currently, one in six adults are facing food insecurity, and one in four children go to bed hungry. Our celebration of top chefs, familiar eateries and amazing partnerships, will also draw much needed awareness and support of the mission to end hunger in Tampa Bay.

All sessions of Epic Chef are filmed at the

July 18

LIVE at the Epicurean Theatre

6:00 pm: Registration opens
6:45 pm: Competition begins

Cena, Chef Steven Franco
HEW, Chef Steven Capone

July 25

LIVE at the Epicurean Theatre

6:00 pm: Registration opens
6:45 pm: Competition begins

Rooster & the Till, Chef Suzanne Crouch
The Mill, Chef Caleb Edwards

August 1

LIVE at the Epicuren Theatre

6:00 pm: Registration opens
6:45 pm: Competition begins

Mise en Place, Chef Jedd Yudelson
Parkshore Grill, Chef Luis Quezada

How to Get Involved

Can’t make it to the Epicurean theatre? No problem – join us in the hotel lobby bar or restaurant every Monday to mingle with our restaurant partners, catch the livestream of our chefs in action on our YouTube channel, or try our specialty cocktail at Rooster & The Till!

Don't miss the action - catch the competition wherever you are by tuning in to our YouTube livestream! Watch above or head to our YouTube channel for the full viewing experience.

Watch on YouTube

Head to Rooster & The Till throughout the Epic Chef series and try The FTB Rickey - a specialty cocktail that benefits Feeding Tampa Bay and the neighbors we serve across our community with every glass!

More at Rooster & The Till


Alongside the Epicurean Hotel, our local partners fuel the Epic Chef event - highlighting our restaurant partners that feed our community and raising awareness of hunger across Tampa Bay.

Epic Chef is presented by

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