Friday, March 29, 2019

Embassy Chef Challenge Returns April 2nd

Siyabulela Mandela & Nycci Nellis (r) at last year's Embassy Chef Challenge

From our friends at the Embassy Chef Challenge...

The 11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA is a gathering of embassy chefs from around the world, showcasing the unique flavors of their home countries in a friendly, delicious culinary competition. With embassies participating from across the globe, the 2019 challenge offers an international and immersive foodie experience only possible in Washington, DC.

Attendees will travel the world with their taste buds, sampling bites and beverages from the participating countries. A panel of judges will select the winner of the Judges’ Choice Award presented by TCMA, while attendees can cast a vote for their favorite dish awarded to the People’s Choice Award presented by Events DC. For a second year in a row, the Best Beverage Award presented by PepsiCo, and the Macy’s Best Dressed Award will be presented to competing nations.

This year’s judging panel includes Maria Godoy of NPR’s “The Salt,” Ashley Rose Young, food historian at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Rose Previte, owner of award-winning DC restaurants Maydan and Compass Rose, Chef Xavier Deshayes, Executive Chef of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, and Chef Moha Fedal of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco and winner of the 2017 Judge’s Choice Award. The event will be emceed by Ed Henry, Anchor & Chief National Correspondent for FOX News Channel.

The Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA not only encourages culinary diplomacy but also highlights the global achievements of the area’s awe-inspiring musicians, dancers and singers. This year’s entertainment will include performances by Aaron Myers & Co., Quiet Storm Trio, Brazilian Jazz band Origem, Ghana’s Nathan Pryce + Dreams, and a Bolivian Dance Troupe, as well as sets from D.J. Biks.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
5:30 PM - VIP Admission
6:30 PM - General Admission

WHERE: Atrium of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20460

WHO: Participating nations include: Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Peru, Saint Lucia, and Sri Lanka. (Participants subject to change prior to event.)

The Event DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA is made possible with help from the following sponsors: Bubly, Chase, LIFEWTR, Cultural Tourism DC, Macy’s, Prestige Beverage Group, PureLeaf, RCN Business, Stella Artois, TCMA, and Voss.

TICKETS: General admission tickets are $95 and will include all available global sips and bites, as well as live entertainment throughout the evening. For $160, VIP guests can enjoy a one-hour early entry to meet all the chefs, network with diplomatic community, and have access to the exclusive VIP lounge with seating and a private bar. Guests looking for the ultimate night out can purchase the Stella Artois Chalice VIP Package for $175, which includes a limited-edition branded chalice. A portion of proceeds of the Stella Artois VIP package will benefit providing five years of clean water to someone in the developing world.

For ticket purchases and more information about the event, please visit

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. The most recent addition is Gateway DC, an innovative and versatile space featuring a covered and open-air pavilion in the center of a 1-acre park, conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC. For more information, please visit and find us on social media - Facebook (Events DC), Twitter (@TheEventsDC and @TheEventsDC_SED for the Sports Entertainment and Special Events Division), and Instagram (@EventsDC.)

About TCMA (A Drew Company):
TCMA is the exclusive manager of Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC). TCMA’s team excels in delivering unparalleled service and expertise in Real-Estate Development, Leasing, Building Operations, Hospitality Services, and International Trade Promotion. For more information, please visit