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Whose Black Truffle Dish Will Reign Supreme? 20 Houston Chefs Compete in the First Annual Truffle Chef of the Year Challenge

This coming Monday, there's a one-of-a-kind event -- the first ever in Houston -- that you're not going to want to miss. Titled the Truffle Chef of the Year Challenge, the friendly competition pits 20 of Houston's best chefs against each other in a battle for the best dish featuring freshly shaved black truffles, which are prized for their earthy, sensuous aromas.

This is the first year that the event is being held. Roederer USA, an importer of truffles and the title sponsor, is donating all of the fresh black truffles for the event. The winning chef, determined by a panel of judges in a blind tasting, will receive a prize of one kilogram's worth of fresh black truffles (valued at $1,500).

The exclusive event is limited to 200 attendees. There are two categories of tickets, which include VIP (one hour early admission, plus some take-home gifts) and regular admission. All attendees will have a chance to sample each of the 20 entrants' offerings, as well as a selection of wine tastings. The competing chefs have also donated dinners of four to their respective restaurants, which will be available for bid via silent auction. There will also be a raffle drawing for a black truffle dinner for eight prepared by chef Elizabeth Stone.

Limited numbers of tickets are still available for this amazing event, so get your tickets while you can. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Les Dames d'Escoffier scholarship program, a worldwide philanthropic society of professional women leaders in the fields of food, fine beverages and hospitality.

Event details: When: Monday, January 12, 2015, 6:30pm-9:30pm Where: The National Tree & Shrub Nursery in the Heights Who: 20 area chefs, Cost: $150 general admission, $200 VIP admission To purchase tickets, visit


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Mai Pham is a contributing freelance food writer and food critic for the Houston Press whose adventurous palate has taken her from Argentina to Thailand and everywhere in between -- Peru, Spain, Hong Kong and more -- in pursuit of the most memorable bite. Her work appears in numerous outlets at the local, state and national level, where she is also a luxury travel correspondent for Forbes Travel Guide.
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