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Organizers of the annual Capital Food Fight have announced the contestants in this year’s charity cook-off competition. And the gustatory gladiators are:  Jeff Black of BlackSalt, Addie’s and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace; Todd Gray of Equinox, WaterShed, and Muse at the Corcoran; Haidar Karoum from Estadio and Proof and Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern. An impressive lineup to be sure.

Full details on the upcoming event in press release form below:


Annual Foodie Event Features Celebrity Judges Alongside Area Chefs

WASHINGTON, D.C.:  On Nov. 10, four celebrated, local chefs will bring knives and know-how to the 2011 Food Fight battle – each 10-minute cook-off containing a surprise ingredient.  This year’s battling chefs are: Jeff Black of BlackSalt, Addie’s and Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Todd Gray of Equinox, WaterShed, and Muse at the Corcoran, Haidar Karoum from Estadio and Proof and Brian McBride from Blue Duck Tavern.  More than 60 local restaurants will provide delectable “tastes” for those attending the annual event.

When: November 10, 2011 at 6 pm

Where: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW  – Washington, DC

Tickets: $200 and available online at www.capitalfoodfight.org

Presenting sponsor Walmart provides the main stage for host Anthony Bourdain, of Travel Channel’s No Reservations, and Capital Food Fight chairman Jose Andres, DC’s own celebrity chef and James Beard Award winner. Crowning the Food Fight champion is a panel of celebrity chefs including Ted Allen, host of the Food Network’s Chopped, Joan Nathan, cook book author and recipient of multiple James Beard Awards, and Ming Tsai, Chef/Owner of Blue Ginger and Host/Producer of Simply Ming.   All proceeds benefit the many programs of DC Central Kitchen.

Tasting Restaurants:

Adour  • AGAINN Gastropub •  America Eats • Argia’s Italian •  Art and Soul •  Bar Pilar •  Bastille  •  Belga Café •  Bistro Bis • BLT Steak • Blue Duck Tavern •  Brasserie Beck  • Carmine’s  •  Casa Nonna •  Cava •  Central • Chipotle • Cork  •  Cuba Libre • Dolcezza Artisanal Gelato •  Equinox  • Estadio • Evening Star Café • Hank’s Oyster Bar •  Harry’s Smokehouse •  iCi Urban Bistro • Indique • J&G Steakhouse  • Jackson 20 •  Jaleo •  Kaz Sushi Bar  •  Lebanese Taverna  •  Light Horse • Lima • Lost Society • Mandu  • Masa 14 •  Mie N Yu  •  Muse at the Corcoran • Occidental  • P.J. Clarke’s  • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace •  Ping Pong Dim Sum • Policy  • Poste Moderne Brasserie  • Proof •  PS7’s •  Rappahannock River Oysters  •   Ris • Ronald Reagan Building • Santa Lucia Coffee • SAX • Taberna del Alabardero  • Taylor Gourmet •  The Grille at Morrison House •  The Majestic •  The Source • Vidalia •  Watershed • We the Pizza • Westend Bistro by Eric Ripert  • Willow • Zaytinya • Zengo  • Zola

About DC Central Kitchen

2011 marks DC Central Kitchen’s 22nd year of combating hunger and creating opportunity in Washington, DC. The Kitchen works 365 days a year to provide low-income individuals and families with nutritious food, assist local farmers, empower unemployed men and women through effective job training, and reach out to chronically homeless DC residents. Each day, the Kitchen serves 5,000 meals to at-risk children and adults while preparing dozens of struggling individuals for new careers in the culinary industry. To learn more about the Kitchen and its nationally-recognized approach to fighting the interrelated problems of hunger, poverty and poor health, visit www.dccentralkitchen.org.

Logo courtesy of Capital Food Fight