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Delray Beach's "Knife Fight" chef competition hosted by Rose's Daughter picks up where Chef vs. Chef left off

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Have you ever wanted to watch your favorite chefs go head-to-head in a cooking competition?

With the return of a local chef competition, now you can. It all goes down this fall when a selection of South Florida's top chefs compete for the chance to win Knife Fight, a local charity-driven event benefiting the EJS Project, a nonprofit organization committed to serving teens in and around the Delray Beach community.  

If you remember the Chef vs. Chef competition hosted at Pineapple Grove's now shuttered Max’s Harvest, then be prepared to welcome new memories in the same location, now Rose's Daughter. This time around, however, the competition is spearheaded by Kolby Wexler from Two Fat Cookies, John Macatangay from Hopportunities, and Anthony Guzman from Craft Food Tours, meaning each event is sure to be a fun industry-focused night.

And while the most recent reboot will feature some new rules and surprises, the goal remains the same: bring the food and beverage community together for a friendly cook-off benefiting a local area charity, the EJS Project.

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During Knife Fight, each competing chef will create three dishes in Rose’s Daughter’s open kitchen while the audience cheers them on in a friendly competition. Their dishes will be evaluated by three in-the-biz judges on the five flavor profiles, presentation, and the use of the round's special ingredients. This time around, expect an unorthodox combination of special ingredients, so part of the fun is seeing how exactly contestants salvage (or botch) the challenge.

The other surprise is that the chefs will not know who they are competing against until the day of the competition. As the competition progresses, the victorious chefs will receive bragging rights and then join forces for an end-of-season grand finale dinner in Delray Beach, where guests will be able to try all of the winning dishes.

Who will reign supreme? Who will choke? And who will be the most captivating to watch? You’ll simply have to be there to find out.

While the official kick-off launch party took place October 5, there is still plenty of action ahead. Showdown competitions resume November 9, and will take place once each month through March. Entry to each event is limited and expected to sell-out. Tickets are priced at $25 per person, and can be purchased at exploretock.com/knifefightsdelray, with all proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to EJS Project. Tickets include one welcome drink and a small bite from Rose’s Daughter. Additional drinks and pizza will be available for purchase.

Upcoming Knife Fight dates include November 9, December 7, January 4, February 1, and March 1. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., and the competition begins at 9 p.m. Each event will be taking place at Rose’s Daughter located at 169 NE 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach. For more information follow along on Instagram at @KnifeFightDelray.

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