KEY WEST, Fla. — For attendees, the annual Master Chefs Classic offers a chance to savor a rare array of taste treats prepared by local culinary all-stars. For the chefs, it’s a chance to compete for honors and bragging rights that recognize their creative cuisine.
Now in its 25th year, the extravaganza of edibles is set for 4:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, overlooking Key West Harbor at the Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina Pier at 245 Front St.
Chefs from leading Florida Keys restaurants are to compete for first-, second- and third-place honors awarded by judges in the appetizer, entrée and dessert categories. Attendees at the waterfront event can enjoy tapas-sized dishes in all three categories and vote for their people’s choice favorites.
In recognition of the event’s 25th year, Papa’s Pilar Rum is to present the Key West Classic Cocktail Challenge to complement the cuisine competition. From 2:30 to 4 p.m., top local bartenders will vie for the title of Master Cocktail Specialist.
The food and drink festivities raise funds for the Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens, also called MARC, a nonprofit agency that provides life services for developmentally and intellectually disabled adults in the Florida Keys.
Only 450 tickets are available for the culinary competition and tasting. Ticket prices begin at $75 per person, and groups of attendees can reserve tables with premium wine.
Tickets for the cocktail challenge are $20 per person in advance or $25 at the door.
Combined tickets for both events, including early VIP admission to the Master Chefs Classic, are available as well.
Tickets can be purchased at keystix.ticketforce.com/
Event information: masterchefsclassic.com or 305-294-9526, *25
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY