New Times' Iron Fork has announced the MCs for this year's culinary competitions.
Miami celebrity chef Ralph Pagano and WSVN's Belkys Nerey will MC this year's fete Thursday, October 4, at the James L. Knight Center and Hyatt Regency Miami.
Pagano, who owns Miami Beach's Naked Taco, will MC the professional culinary competition, which will pit Benjamin Goldman of Planta against Jorgie Ramos of Barley: An American Brasserie for the 2018 Iron Fork Skillet of Excellence.
WSVN news anchor and Bite With Belkys host Belkys Nerey will host the second-annual student showdown. In this heated competition, two Johnson & Wales students will compete for the Michael Shikany Knife of Excellence Award and a scholarship to help them continue their education in culinary arts. A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise funds for the scholarship.
In addition to the competitions, Iron Fork attendees can feast on offerings from favorites such as Amore de Miami, Toro Toro, Taula Fresh Mediterranean Grill, Boss Burger N Brew, Mason, Finka Table & Tap, Amelia’s 1931, Hard Rock Cafe,
The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. for general-admission ticketholders and include unlimited bites, tasty libations, and live entertainment.
VIP ticketholders gain entry to the event one hour early, at 6 p.m., and access to a private VIP bar and lounge with complimentary Estrella Damm beer, Voga Italia wine, and Banyan Reserve vodka.
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Tickets cost $40 for general admission and $80 for VIP in advance and $50 and $90, respectively, at the door.
New Times is a partner with Miami Rescue Mission, which serves more than 1,300 men, women, and children daily at its Miami-Dade and Broward centers. Iron Fork guests can participate in a special raffle during the event, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to support the cause.
To purchase tickets, visit newtimesironfork.com.
New Times' Iron Fork. 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, October 4, at James L. Knight Center and Hyatt Regency Miami, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $40 to $90 via newtimesironfork.com.