Frequently Asked Questions

About the Tournament: FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in my ticket price?
Your ticket includes admission to the competition for one evening as a "guest Judge". As a 'guest judge' you will taste all six courses of the two competing teams and be part of the voting to determine the nights' winner. You will also receive complementary hors d'oeurves and drink specials during the Happy Hour, a dessert bar and coffee at the end of the evening. Additional 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 an expert judge in the competition, how do I do this?
You may apply to be a judge by filling out and submitting the Judging Application. Applicants should be professional chefs, restaurant owners or others who have extensive experience and expertise in the food service industry.

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 coming soon!

How are the audience judges chosen each night?
NEW for 2017! Every ticketholder is a judge! Beginning in 2017, we will only sell 'Judging Experience' tickets to the Tournament. Therefore, every ticketholder will have the opportunity to taste each of the six courses prepared and vote on their favorite.

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.