Which side of I-635 has a better culinary scene? Celebrity Chef Tre Wilcox is hosting the ultimate culinary smackdown to find out! The first ever North vs South Celebrity Chef Smackdown comes to Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts this October and Plano is invited to watch. Tre Wilcox has invited a chef from Plano and a chef from Dallas to compete to see who can make a more stunning dish out of a mystery basket of seasonal ingredients, both basics and wild cards. And they only have 45 minutes.

“Everyone loves competition,” Tre explained. “Everyone loves watching chefs compete and this is one I’m going to be hosting. It’s a cooking competition, it’s a smackdown. I just want to invite people to come out and watch it. I’ve got beer, I’ve got entertainment, I’ve got wine, I’ve got food from local restaurants—so I think it’ll be something!”

Tre Wilcox

The judges will be Mayor Harry LaRosiliere and, Plano Profile Publisher Philip Silvestri. They will be scoring based on taste, creativity, presentation and use of the mystery ingredients.

Come out this October and watch two local chefs face off while sampling local restaurants. There will be jazzy live music courtesy of Royce Jonz Jaz, alongside wine, beer and cocktails … what more could you want? A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Make a Wish foundation. See who will take the prize live and in person at Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts!

*UPDATE New chefs have been announced.

South of 635: Jermaine Brown, Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine

Jermaine Brown is affiliated with multiple award-winning restaurants. He has been an understudy to Chefs Carl Walker & Chris Shepherd (Brennan’s Houston), Kent Rathbun (Abacus), and Tre Wilcox (Abacus, Loft610 and Marquee Bar and Grill). In 2005 Jermaine won one of the most prestigious awards that the Dallas metroplex offers, “Dallas Rising Star Chef.” He is now at Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine.

North of 635: Samir Dhurandhar, Nick and Sam’s

Samir Dhurandhar has been the executive chef at John Harvard’s Brew House in Long Island, Heartland Brewery, and Sfuzzi’s in New York, before coming to Dallas in 1999 to open Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse as Executive Chef.

1st Quarterly “North vs South” Chef’s Smackdown

When: October 16 | 3-7 p.m.

Where: Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts | 8200 Preston Rd. #135 Plano, TX 75024

Tickets: $55 each

Moretrewilcox.com/throwdown