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 One of the Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival’s most highly anticipated events, the 5th Annual Grand Chef Throwdown,returns as the culmination to the four-day culinary affair.

The Grand Chef Throwdown is a cook off with three local chefs battling it out for $10,000 ($5,000 cash and $5,000 to the winning chef’s charity of choice).

Two-time reigning champion Eric Grutka of Ian’s Tropical Grill in Stuart returns to defend his title. he remaining two chefs are selected by the public through a Facebook competition.

Moments before the Grand Chef Throwdown competition begins, presenting sponsor Creekstone Farms will reveal the mystery ingredient—a special cut of beef that must be used by the competing chefs. Since inception, the Grand Chef Throwdown has raised more than $20,000 for various charities.

Chefs interested in participating in the Grand Chef Throwdown have until to November 30th at 5 p.m. to act on the following steps for entry into the competition:

1. “Like” the designated FB page at www.facebook.com/grandchefthrowdown

2. In 150 words or less post a comment on the page about themselves

3. Get as many friends and family to like their post.

The two chefs with the most ‘likes’ will compete in the competition.

The Grand Chef Throwdown, presented by Creekstone Farms, takes place on Sunday, December 14, from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. during the 8th Annual Grand Tasting at 150 WORTH, 150 Worth Ave., Palm Beach, FL 33480. . For tickets to The Palm Beach Food & Wine Festival, call (561) 561-389-1222 or log on to  www.pbfoodwinefest.com .