Chef Showdown at SUN WINEFEST 2009


Finalists to compete on the Main Stage on Saturday, January 17th
Calling all chefs…SUN WINEFEST is looking for the region’s most talented chefs to compete in the 5th Annual Chef Showdown competition.  The chef who presents the most creative, unique, inspiring, and of course tasty dish wins a grand prize of $4,000 and an exclusive two-night VIP stay at Mohegan Sun.   The second place winner receives $1,000.  The finals will take place on the Main Stage during the Grand Tasting at SUN WINEFEST on Saturday, January 17th.
Presented by Contessa Premium Foods and Hatfield Quality Meats, the Chef Showdown requires contestants to submit an original recipe that utilizes Contessa Uncooked Tail-On Shrimp of any size and Hatfield Pork Ribeez as the primary ingredients.  From the entries received, two recipes will be chosen by a panel of culinary judges.  The two finalists will compete on the Main Stage at SUN WINEFEST during the Grand Tasting on Saturday, January 17th.  Each chef will prepare their original recipe to determine the winner.
The deadline for applications is January 2, 2009 – only one entry per chef is allowed.  To submit a recipe, visit for a registration form and official rules.
The main event at SUN WINEFEST 2009 is the Grand Tasting, which will be held in Mohegan Sun’s Convention Center on Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm each day.  More than 1,000 fine wines provided by international wineries, samplings of worldwide craft beers and trappist ales, tastings from some of the best restaurants and exhibitors showcasing related services such as wine storage, culinary accessories and specialty foods will be featured.  Guests will have the opportunity to ask questions, hear commentary from the winemakers and experts and enjoy delicacies from some of the region’s finest restaurants by purchasing tasting portions of their signature dishes.
Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $70.00 for a one-day pass and $110.00 for a weekend pass, and may be purchased online at, over the phone at 860.886.0070, or in-person at Mohegan Sun’s Box Office.   To purchase weekend passes for the Grand Tasting please call 860.862.8499 or visit the Mohegan Sun Box Office.  Proceeds from the Grand Tasting will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Seminars are additional and may be purchased through the Mohegan Sun Box Office, by visiting or by calling Life Marketing & Events at 860.953.0444 ext. 144.   A Grand Tasting ticket is not required to attend seminars.
SUN WINEFEST 2009 is a production of Life Marketing and Events, a West Hartford, Connecticut-based, full service firm that specializes in marketing, event management and production, public relations, sponsorship, advertising sales, creative design, promotions, publishing and more.
Mohegan Sun, owned by the Mohegan Tribe, is one of the largest, most distinctive and spectacular entertainment, gaming, shopping and meeting destinations in the United States.  Situated on 240 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, Mohegan Sun is within easy access of New York, Boston, Hartford and Providence and located 15 minutes from the museums, antique shops and waterfront of Mystic Country.  More information is available by calling 1.888.226.7711 or visiting