Smokin Iron Chef Competition Announced

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Celebrity Chef Joe Arvin to MC the Culinary Throwdown.

We’ve partnered with Blodgett Oven Company, Geraldson Community Farm, Sweetgrass Farm and Scott Johnston, Realtor

Update: The field of competition is almost full. Come cheer for your favorite…or find a new one to cheer for. Thanks to all who signed up. Let the smack talk begin.

The Restaurants

Fins at Sharky’s, Venice FL

Marker 4, Venice.FL

Suncoast Cafe, Venice, FL


The Pitmasters

Awesome Q, Sonny’s BBQ, Sarasota County

Team Unknown, Las Vegas/Lakeland

Barn Goddess BBQ, Dunnellon, FL


Competition Chefs

Adam Estes, Ormond Beach, FL



Calling all restaurants, chefs, home cooks and chef wanna-be’s for an Iron Chef Style Competition.

Where: Venice, FL – Venice Fairgrounds/Venice Municipal Airport

When:   April 17  5:30 & 7:00 Preliminary Rounds

April 18  3:30 Final Face Off

What:    Iron Chef Competition and World Food Competition Qualifier

How:     Chefs: Only a few spots left to compete. Apply here

Come out and see why Celebrity Chef Joe Arvin is a big deal. He is our official MC for the Smokin Iron Chef and will be performing a Cooking Demo and Book signing on Saturday, April 18th at the Suncoast BBQ Bash.

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Tickets on sale to the public in the near future for the preliminary competition

Join this exciting and fun event, new for 2015 and has 8 teams competing for the title of Smokin Iron Chef. The competition will consist of 2 preliminary rounds on Friday at 5:30pm and 7:00pm and one final round on Saturday at 3:30. Each team will receive a mystery box of food and will have one hour to create an appetizer, an entrée/side dish and a dessert. With over 12,000 in expected attendance, this will surely be one of the highlights of the Suncoast BBQ and Bluegrass Bash.

Smokin Iron Celebrity Chef Joe arvin     Smokin Iron Chef Big Pappa BBQhillis





Joe Arvin                             Dana Hillis Award Winning Pitmaster

Mad Love Cooking              Big Papa’s Country Kitchen 


Co-Celebrity Chefs will be the Master of Ceremonies. They will promote your business, pick on your cooking techniques and get the crowd riled up. The first celebrity chef, all the way from Chicago is the much sought after Celebrity Chef Joe Arvin. He was chosen for Marcus Samulesson’s team on this season’s “The Taste”, made it to the final round of “Cut Throat Kitchen” and was the chef on “Big Brother 14”. He will be joined by Dana Hillis, one of the most winning Pitmasters in the United States and winner of Food Truck Face Off on the Food Network. The event will make for a fun and exciting competition to watch. The celebrity chefs will also dazzle you with culinary demonstrations on Saturday at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm a book signing and Backyard BBQ Class Overview.

Join the competition to claim your title of Smokin Iron Chef, win $500 and go on to compete in the ultimate food fight at the World Food Championships for $100,000. This event is limited to the first 8 competing teams. Don’t delay in submitting your application.(application coming soon) $150 registration fee will be due upon acceptance to the lucky 8 teams.

Only 8 competing restaurants or teams will be selected for the competition.

Fill out the application here

Celebrity Chef Culinary Demonstrations Saturday April 18

  • Joe Arvin Demonstration – 12:30pm
  • Joe Arvin Book Signing – 1:00pm
  • Dana Hillis Demonstration – 2:30pm
  • Backyard BBQ Promo – 3:00pm


For more information, contact our sponsor, Destination Cuisine at (941) 809-2012.

Check out Chef Joe Arvin










Chef Joe Arvin in action on Smash Mouth TV

Check out the now famous Big Papa Burger Recipe from Dana Hillis Food Truck Face Off on the Food Network







More information on the Smokin Iron Chef Throwdown

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