The legendary Mise en Place has been a leader in innovative dining for over 30 years in Tampa Bay. Meet the restaurant's Executive Chef, Marty Blitz, the creative driving force behind that reputation alongside his business partner, Maryann Ferenc. With Chef Marty’s decades of culinary experience, he has mentored a multitude of celebrated culinary artists in addition to loyally lending his expertise to support hunger relief organizations like Feeding Tampa Bay. Epic Chef Showdown's coveted trophy is named The Marty Blitz Award honoring his years of dedication to his craft and influence.

Listen in or Watch on Youtube to hear how his journey through kitchens around the country and a garage in Pinellas County brought him to where he is today. You too can experience the 8th Annual Epic Chef Showdown LIVE at Mondays through August 7th.