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Here are the chefs facing off in Bryan Voltaggio's 'The Supper' competition

Bryan Voltaggio will host "The Supper" cooking competition on April 23.
Bryan Voltaggio will host "The Supper" cooking competition on April 23. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Update: This post has been updated to include a new competitor in the cooking contest, Chad Gauss.

Five big names in Baltimore's culinary industry will face off in a cooking competition April 23 to benefit the Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation.

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Event co-host Bryan Voltaggio was set to announce the five chefs that will compete in "The Supper" today at a private event at Aggio, his Italian restaurant at Power Plant Live.

The field includes Chad Gauss, chef and owner of the Food Market; La Cuchara chef and co-owner Ben Lefenfeld; Wit & Wisdom executive chef Zack Mills; and Woodberry Kitchen's Patrick "Opie" Crooks, who will be assisted by Spike Gjerde.

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Chef Chris Becker, CEO of the Bagby Restaurant Group, was originally set to compete, but he pulled out due to a personal scheduling conflict. He was replaced by Gauss.

The chefs will go head-to-head in a three-course competition. Two chefs will compete in the first round, followed by two in the second round. The winning chefs from each of the first two rounds will then face off in the final round.

The first-time event, hosted by "Top Chef" alum Voltaggio and James Beard Award-nominated food writer Julia Bainbridge, will be held at the Marriott Waterfront Baltimore. A cocktail reception for VIPs starts at 6 p.m., and Voltaggio and Bainbridge will also attend.

Attendees will be served a four-course meal during the event, including dessert by Voltaggio.

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Three tiers of tickets are available: general admission ($250), VIP ($500) and judges ($5,000). Tickets and corporate sponsorships can be purchased through thesupper.org, and all of the proceeds will benefit Saint Agnes Hospital Foundation.

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