More than a dozen local chefs have signed on to wage culinary warfare and determine whose cuisine reigns supreme in the bracket-style competition (think the NCAA playoffs) set to begin at Dennis Max’s downtown Delray eatery at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, (and continue for at the same time and place for 15 weeks until a winner emerges).

Patterned after the edgy cable TV cook-off Knife Fight, the battles are all open to the public for a $10 donation, which will benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Delray Beach. Drinks and munchies will also be available, at happy hour prices. There’s also a draw party for the chefs on Wednesday, June 3, at 9:30 p.m.

Somebody tell Alton Brown. . .


Here’s a list of the contenders:

Bill Ring, 32 East

Victor Franco, Oceans 234

Kelly Randall, The Office

James Strine, Cafe Boulud

Jarod Higgins, Cut 432

Chris Miracolo, S3

Victor Meneses, El Camino

Aaron Goldberg, Bogart’s

Ben Burger, Burt & Max’s

Blake Malatesta, 50 Ocean

Che Frey, Henry’s

Danielle Herring, Rebel House

John Thomas, Tryst

Eric Grutka, Ian’s Tropical Grill

Bruce Feingold, Dada

Adam Brown, The Cooper