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The Treasure Coast MasterChef Competition was a huge success!

We hosted our very first Treasure Coast MasterChef Competition at the Elks Lodge in Vero Beach on Tue, Feb 22nd, 2022! It’s an event that highlights some of the Best Chefs on the Treasure Coast!  The chefs competing were chosen by a panel of judges at The Golden Fork Awards ceremony that took place on Tuesday, Feb 8th, 2022. Each chef presented a dish for our judges to taste, and the Top 4 moved on to compete. At the MasterChef event, each chef created a “MasterChef” worthy dish for our guests and our judges to taste and vote for their favorite! A final dessert course and the table centerpieces were provided by Tara’s Treats, a new local bakery in Vero Beach. At the end of the evening, we presented our winners with a Judge’s Choice and a People’s Choice trophies at the awards ceremony!


I’d like to personally say THANK YOU to our event sponsors, without them, events like this are not possible! Carpet & Tile Warehouse, Complete Restaurant Equipment & Supplies, Tara’s Treats, and Kaydi Devlin Events!

Now let’s jump right in and take a look at a few photos from the event and see who won the MasterChef title!

The Elks Lodge Banquet Hall is where the event took place.
Our “Official” Judges Panel (Left to Right) – Chef Eddie Hunter, Jayne Withers, and Chef Mike Wood. Gift baskets were provided by The Marketplace Fudge & More from Sebastian, FL
In the Kitchen with Chef Alfredo Arce and Chef Armando Galeas with The Wave Kitchen & Bar from Costa d’Este plating their MasterChef dish!
(Left to Right) – Kerry Banks and Angelina Poggi from Armani’s Cucina preparing their MasterChef dish! Chef Nathan Cooper (black jacket) volunteered to assist with the plating.
Trophies for The Treasure Coast MasterChef Competition!

Now on to the awards!

4th Place – Chef Salvatore Apetino – Armani’s Cucina

Pork Saltimbocca, Potato Croquette and Shrimp in a Brandy Wine Sauce
(Left to Right) Thomas Miller, Chef Salvatore Apetino, Kerry Banks, Angelina Poggi.

3rd Place – Chef Armando Galeas – The Wave Kitchen & Bar from Costa d’Este

“Which Came First” – Buffalo Chicken Deviled Egg, Chicken Coquette with Spicy Honey Mustard, Chicken & Grits, Braised (sous vide) Chicken Thighs, Smoked Gouda Grits, Tomato Chutney and Poultry Jus
(Left to Right) – Thomas Miller, Chef Armando Galeas, Sous Chef Alfredo Arce, and Sous Chef Alejandro Wong

2nd Place – Chef Tom Dolan – Cobalt Restaurant

Oxtail Tamale, Cotija Cheese, Micro Cilantro
(Left to Right) – Thomas Miller, Chef Tom Dolan, Kelsi Benn and Tiana Louis

1st Place – Chef Daniel Wood – Cafe 66

Southern Shrimp & Grits, Chorizo, Collards
(Left to Right) – Thomas Miller, Chef Daniel Wood, Lacy Cox, Bucky Sisco, Krystal Skala, and Abbie Oglesby

People’s Choice – Chef Daniel Wood – Cafe 66

(Left to Right) – Thomas Miller, Chef Daniel Wood, and Lacy Cox

Dessert provided by Tara’s Treats!

The Trio of Desserts were a Banana Cream Dream Parfait, a Key Lime pie and a Pecan Pie bar

A HUGE THANK YOU to the follow folks that helped make this event possible!

A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to the Indian River State College for their participation in our event. These students did a fantastic job of helping us make the event successful! Their participation counts towards the degree they are working towards. (Left to Right Front Row) – Tyler Serrano, Joachim Shemo, Megan Krevitz, Brydgett Youngblood, Christopher Rubiano. (Left to Right Back Row) – Dr. Suzanne Bagnera, James Klopf, Chef Austin Miller, Malcom Salter, Lenee Owen, Robert Osteen, and Michael Festa. Connor Kroll (not pictured)
Thomas Miller presents Anthony Zorbaugh, Executive Director of The Source Ministries, our featured charity for the event, a check in the amount of $836.56.
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to our event sponsor, Carpet & Tile Warehouse (Left to Right) – Thomas Miller, Robert Winter, and Deby Winter
A HUGE THANK YOU to Kaydi Devlin of Kaydi Devlin Events for all her help with the planning and execution of this and the Golden Fork Awards Ceremony! I could not have done it without you!


Thomas Miller

My name is Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” and now the host and producer of the brand new show called Holy Grail Eats! I’ve been a professional food blogger for the past 9 years and I’m very passionate about finding “Holy Grail” dishes and supporting local mom-and-pop and one of a kind restaurants! I’ve reviewed over 300 local restaurants in the last 9 years and my food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on my website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Level 8 Local Guide, I have submitted over 4,000 photos that have been viewed over 90 million times. My foodie following is over 125,000 strong on the Treasure Coast and my Foodie dining experience events are some of the Top Culinary experiences on the Treasure Coast!

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