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Vintners and chefs aim for top honors in third annual competition in Cleveland
Northeast Georgia's Top Chef & Wine Tasting Competition will be Jan. 23 at Yonah Mountain Vineyards
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Premier chefs as well as wine from regional vineyards will aim to please judges as they compete to be the best in Northeast Georgia’s Top Chef & Wine Tasting Competition.

The third annual event will be from 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at Yonah Mountain Vineyards at 1717 Ga. 255 in Cleveland.

Chefs will compete for three different awards: Critics’ Choice, People’s Choice and Top Table Decor. For the critics’ awards, judges will rate each chef on a scale from 1-10 with 10 being the best on presentation, creativity, originality and taste. For the people’s award, guests will rate chefs on the same criteria with the additions of the chef’s personality and service. The chef with the highest score wins.

In the table top category, chefs may create any theme or share with guests a snapshot of their restaurant’s theme. Overall it will set the ambiance for the guests, but the value of the table décor should not exceed $500.

Tickets for the event are $60. It includes tapas-size samples from chefs and commemorative tasting glass for the wines.

Proceeds will benefit Prevent Child Abuse Habersham. It vision is to become the leading community partner in child abuse prevention while helping families realize their full potential to raise healthy children free of abuse and neglect.

For more information, contact Jennifer Stein at 706-968-9637 or or visit