Over the last eight years, Feeding Tampa Bay’s “Epic Chef” “Chopped”-style cooking competition
has become a familiar sight inside the Epicurean hotel
’s culinary theater. But last Monday in South Tampa featured a few unprecedented events.
For starters, the competition saw two women chefs—Jada Vidal from Noble Rice and Adrianna Siller from Bandit—going head to head
. And for the first time ever, scoring from the judges—which included Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jamel Dean—ended in a tie.
The audience, which enjoyed a four-course dinner and wine-pairing prepared by cooks at Epicurean and Feeding Tampa Bay’s Trinity Cafe, was left to decide via a real-time poll that was also locked at a tie until the last second when Siller topped Vidal 50.39% to 49.61%.
Siller moves on to face round one winner Evan Lipman from Wild Child in an all-St. Pete final that can be livestreamed on July 24.
And if you want more Epic Chef
in your life, the nonprofit—which has a mission to end hunger in Tampa Bay—will livestream a matchup between past Epic Chef champs (July 31) and another battle of executive chefs on Aug. 3 (Cena’s Michael Buttacavoli against Wild Child’s Rob Reinsmith).