One of the most talked about additions is the Top Chef-inspired Quickfire Challenge hosted and moderated by Bravo's Gail Simmons and Charleston’s own Frank Lee. The event will be held on the Main Stage in the Culinary Village at 1 pm on Friday, March 3rd.
Guests will witness a true Top Chef experience as local chefs battle it out in a Quickfire Challenge. Competing chefs will include: Emily Hahn, Jamie Lynch, Casey Thompson, John Tesar, Sarah Grueneberg, Dale Talde, Joy Crump, and Keith Rhodes. The event is included in a Friday Culinary Village ticket.
The Culinary Village features three days of cooking demonstrations, tastings, special guests, and local artists. In addition to the Quickfire Challenge, the following events and features are new for 2017:
Main Stage: A fusion of high energy cooking demos, music, and friendly competition. Full schedule available here.
The Corkyard: Wines from over 20 vineyards around the world and The Wine Retail Shop.
Snack Shacks: Four new spots scattered throughout the Village.
Teepee Talks: Heritage Radio Network’s new, expanded Teepee Talks are returning with an additional second teepee for more chatter and fun that everyone can take part in.
On Sunday, locals are able to purchase a discounted ticket to the Culinary Village for only $75. Locals should enter their billing zip code upon checkout to receive the $50 discount.