Invaluable Bites correspondent Chris Chamberlain will help preside over the competition April 20 at Iron Fork, joining an august panel of judges that includes some of our very favorite chefs.
We already knew the roster of chefs who have tossed their toques into the ring to vie for the Golden Fork: Matt Bolus of Watermark, Charles Phillips of 1808 Grille, Ashley Quick of Flyte, John Stephenson of Fido and Laura Wilson of Turnip Truck
Now we know the identities of the five judges, and the lineup is just as impressive. In addition to Chamberlain, there are four chef-judges:
Deb Paquette, the legendary Nashville chef who created Zola and now flexes her skills at Miel. She's also a past Iron Fork champion.
Meg Giuffrida, the chef-owner of late but much-loved Red Wagon, who is now dedicated to cooking fresh, delicious and healthy meals for the kids at the Martha O’ Bryan Center.
Jeremy Barlow, the master of fine, eco-friendly cuisine at Tayst — and another past Iron Fork champion.
Jeremy Foy, executive chef at Two Twenty-Two Grill & Catering, the newly renamed full-service restaurant and catering operation at The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Meanwhile, it's time to lock in your admission to the extravaganza, which runs 6 to 10 p.m. at the Country Music Hall of Fame. Buy tickets here. The $40 ticket price includes three drink tickets and samplings from more than 20 local restaurants. Proceeds benefit the great work of the Martha O'Bryan Center.
And good news for folks who feared Iron Fork and the Top Chef Tour might pose a scheduling conflict: The Nashville Farmers Market reports in their newsletter that the Top Chef Tour will take place earlier in the day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the flea market side of the market, with demos, samples, chef contests, autograph signings and more.