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Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament moves into second round matches

The Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, a multi-week, single-elimination tournament, begins its second round matches Monday night.

The independently produced event pits area chefs in head-to-head competition in front of an audience. Each chef, working with a team, prepares an appetizer and dessert for a judging panel as well as tasting portions of the entree for up to 30 audience member judges.

This year, all of the matches are being held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Mari Luna Bistro in Midtown-Belvedere, where the contestants work in a "test kitchen" on the restaurant's main floor.

General admission to the event is $25 and includes appetizers, wine tastings and drink specials. A $45 ticket gains a seat on the audience judges panel. 

The third edition of the tournament, which concludes on Aug. 27, began in June with 16 chefs, which the first round narrowed down to eight. The opening second-round match is Monday night, pitting Jeff Keeney from The Point in Fells against Billy Hughes from Barracudas Restaurant and Bar. Then, on Tuesday, Mark Dunaway from Regi's American Bistro competes against Christopher Lewis of Iron Bridge Wine Co. The culinary theme for these two matches is Latin America.

For more about the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, along with ticket information and a review of the first-round matches, go to the tournament's website. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland.

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