The final 'Midnight Chef Fight' of 2019 goes down this month in St. Petersburg

Plan on staying out late on October 26.

click to enlarge The final 'Midnight Chef Fight' of 2019 goes down this month in St. Petersburg

The final showdown for Midnight Chef Fight is happening Saturday, October 26, and the cook-off series doesn't kick back up until summer 2020.

So, in just a few weeks, attendees get front row seats to watch Chef Joshua Breen of Annata and Chef Artem Kucherenko of Sola Bistro & Wine Bar duke it out at Il Ritorno, as a panel of judges — chefs David Benstock (Il Ritorno), Jason Ruhe (Brick & Mortar), and Chris Fernandez (Red Mesa Restaurant Group) — pick a winner.

Doors open at 11 p.m., and the battle begins promptly at midnight.

If you're unfamiliar with the Fight series, the mission is to raise money for Tampa Bay charities, with this upcoming battle donating proceeds to the nonprofit World Central Kitchen by José Andrés.

Tickets to the event include passed appetizers and are going for $20 at the door (cash or card). Just a heads up, no pre-sale tickets are available, so arrive early to snag a place in line.

Hit the cash bar if you need to be a little tipsy to cheer on your favorite local chef.

Midnight Chef Fight, Sat. Oct. $20. 11 p.m. Il Ritorno, 449 Central Ave., St. Pete.

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