Frequently Asked Questions

About the Tournament: FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in my ticket price?
Your ticket price includes admission to the competition for one evening. Food, alcoholic drinks and soft drinks will be available for purchase from the venue.

Where will my seats be at the competition?
Seating is general admission, and are assigned on a first-come first-served basis once you arrive. It is therefore recommended that you arrive early, enjoy the happy hour, and secure your seats. (NOTE: Every effort will be made to seat your party together, but we regret that we cannot guarantee group seating unless you purchase an entire table of 8 seats).

Can I meet and talk to the chefs?
Yes! Come early or stay after the competition to mingle with the evening's two competing chefs.

What is your cancellation policy, should I purchase tickets and not be able to attend?
Because of the limited seating available for each evenings' competition, we are unfortunately not able to refund your money. However, if you notify us in writing prior to the event night, you can transfer your ticket to another person.

How much of my ticket purchase price goes to charity?
Ten percent (10%) of the net proceeds of each ticket sale goes directly to our charity partners.

What is the dress code for the competition?
We asked that people wear business casual or better attire to the competition. No T-shirts or shorts please.

How do I compete in the competition?
You may apply to compete as a chef in our next competition, by filling out and submitting the Chef Application.

I'd like to be a judge in the competition, how do I do this?
You may apply to be a judge by filling out and submitting the Judging Application.

My company is interested in being a sponsor of the Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament, how do I do this?
You may apply to be a sponsor by contacting us.

What food will be available for purchase during the event?
You will be able to choose a variety of food to purchase from a specially designed menu. View the Menu here.

I love some of the products used by the chefs. Can I buy these, or are they only available to restaurants and professional chefs?
Heavy duty commercial kitchen wares or supplies you see in use during the tournament are available for purchase. Please contact us for pricing and availability. And look for our online storefront soon!

How are the audience judges chosen each night?
The majority of "VIP - Judge Experience" tickets are available for purchase for each event night; look for this option when you purchase your tickets online. A small number of the audience judges are randomly selected each night in a variety of creative ways. People chosen to judge will be given a ticket to hold onto until the judging portion of the competition begins. Anyone who would rather not judge, has the option of passing the ticket along to another audience member before judging begins.

What are 'Judge Experience' tickets?
Purchasing a 'Judge Experience' ticket allows you to experience the tournament as a Judge. 'Judge Experience' ticket holders have special reserved tables where they can sit and enojy the competition, they are also assured a spot as a 'Guest Judge' for that evening's competition. As a 'Guest Judge' you will have the opportunity to taste and vote on each of the competition chefs' entree dishes, as well as taste the appetizer and dessert dishes of each chef team.

What is your cancellation policy?
If Mason Dixon Master Chef must cancel an event due to illness of a competing chef, facility problems, or other similar reason, you will be notified of an alternate date for that night's event. If you cannot make the alternate date, a refund will be issued, or you may rebook for another night when tickets are available. Mason Dixon Master Chef is not responsible for cancellations out of our control however, including inclement weather, acts of God, terrorism, or the like. Mason Dixon Master Chef reserves the right to substitute chefs when necessary due to illness or other unforeseen problems.