As October 16th approaches more information is becoming available about this year’s Taste of Florence. Last week, I learned the names of the other two judges for the chefs’ competitive aspect of the event. As you may know, I have been honored with this wonderful opportunity again this year and I am now excited to tell you the names of my compatriots: Toni Scott and Cecil Chandler.
Taste of Florence Special Judging Awards will be given in three categories: Best Appetizer, Best Entree, and Best Dessert. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each category. The ratings will be based on a scale of 1-10 in the following areas: Taste, Presentation, and Creativity. There will also be People’s Choice and Children’s Choice awards, as well as an award for booth decoration — all judged separately.
The following is a brief bio for each chefs’ competition judge:
Owner & Chef, Parish House Tea Room
Located in the heart of downtown Eutawville, South Carolina, The Parish House Tea Room serves authentic Southern Fare in a unique historical home in a peaceful setting. The beautiful dining room has various sized tables with fine china and linens, while the outdoor porch is more casual and laid back. The constantly-evolving menu is based on the freshest ingredients available, yet they make sure to offer the favorites that their patrons have been enjoying for years. The Parish House Tea Room is located at 110 Porcher Avenue in Eutawville, South Carolina. Call 803.492.7315 or visit ParishHouseTeaRoom.com for more information.
Co-Host, Carolina & Company Live on WPDE NewsChannel 15
Surfside Beach, SC
Cecil Chandler, co-host of Carolina & Company Live, has become a household name in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand areas over the past 38 years he has been in television. Over the years Cecil has won numerous state and local awards for his reporting. His popular television segment “Cooking with Cecil” showcased his passion for great food and secured his spot in culinary circles throughout the area. He and co-host Amanda Kinseth can be seen “In the Kitchen with Cecil” every Wednesday at noon on WPDE. Visit CarolinaLive.com for more information.
Publisher, Pee Dee Foodie and Host, Pee Dee Food Show
Born in Charleston, he lived in several parts of the country before returning to the Palmetto State and settling in the Pee Dee region. Much of his life outside South Carolina was spent in and around the Southern foodie havens of New Orleans and Memphis. He is a self-described food geek and recent graduate of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Florence program, as well as an active supporter of Harvest Hope Food Bank, the Florence Downtown Development Corporation, Hope Health, Slow Food Pee Dee, and other local non-profits. In 2011, he and his wife, Melissa, were recognized by CarolinaBloggin.com for their work on Pee Dee Foodie with the Best Foodie Blog and Blog of the Year awards. Visit PeeDeeFoodie.com for more information.
About the AuthorKevin Barron is a husband, father, self-described geek, and enthusiastic founder of PeeDeeFoodie.com. He also hosts its companion podcast, the Pee Dee Food Show, which can be found on iTunes and the blog. Learn more about Kevin under the Contributors tab above.
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