Vero’s Top Chef Challenge 2019 Finalists

Vero's Top Chef Challenge 2019
Vero's Top Chef Challenge 2019

VERO BEACH – Vero’s Top Chef Challenge 2019 to benefit The Hope for Families Center was held Monday night at the beautiful Bent Pine Golf Club.

Sebastian Daily was there to experience the cuisine of the eight talented chefs who partook.

We congratulate the four finalists who will move on to the finale:

  • Chef Alfredo Arce of The Wave Kitchen & Bar at Costa d’este
    Pan Seared Scallop, Bacon & Tomato Jam, Pork Belly, Sweet Potato Puree, Micro Arugula
  • Chef Eddie Hunter of Cuisine Machine
    Slow Braised Brisket with Roasted Rosemary Sweet Potato, Guava Demi-Glaze, Radish Micro Greens
  • Chef Travis Beckett of Wild Thyme Catering
    Herb Marinated Lamb Chop with Blackberry Coulis
  • Chef Chuck Arnold of Fire and Wine
    Crispy Waffle, House Smoked Steelhead Trout, Collard Green Butter, and Siracha Syrup

The Chefs that did not move on:

  • Chef Mike Wood of Wood N Spoon
    Chicken Oscar, House MacBooha Sauce, Pepper Jam
  • Chef Jason Alfonso of 121 Tapas on the Water
    Sliced Waygu Sirloin, Roasted Red Pepper Hash, Bernaise
  • Chef Leanne Kelleher of The Tides
    Southern BBQ Duck, Slow roasted and shredded, Hominy Cheddar Grits, Crackling Corn Bread, Pickled Green Tomatoes and Mustard seeds with a Stone Ground Aioli
  • Chef James Mason of Grand Harbor Golf & Beach Club
    Old Florida Citrus Ceviche – Florida Bay Scallops, Black Gulf Grouper, Key West Lime, Cross Creek Blood Orange, Avocado, Garden Vegetables, and Osceola Greens.

The Vero’s Top Chef Challenge Finale featuring the four finalists will be held on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Bent Pine Golf Club. $150 per person (Includes two drink tickets).

To purchase tickets Call 772-567-5537 or go to the Hope for Families Center website.

Vero Beach’s Hope for Families Center provides the tools to empower its residents, helping them identify and resolve their problems, find better jobs and ultimately move into stable living arrangements.

To find out more how you can help out in our community go to

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About Brian LaPersonerie 9 Articles
Born and raised around New York’s diverse culture and cuisine, it’s no surprise that Brian LaPersonerie inherited a palate for great food. His background – German, Welsh, English, French, Irish and even Sicilian – has exposed him to all styles of cooking; whether at holiday gatherings or from his talented mom in their family kitchen. Brian says, “we eat with our eyes first” so capturing and presenting the deep colors of food is an art and an important part of Brian’s reviews. Being a life-long foodie, with experience in and out of the kitchen has taught Brian the more technical parts of cooking and hospitality. But in theory, he’s just a regular person, like you and I, who loves food and wants to help further your culinary adventures!