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Dinner of Champions

Sergio Garcia, José Andrés and Luis Figo

Sergio Garcia, José Andrés and Luis Figo

Even if you can’t get tickets to the Masters Tournament in April, you can get tickets to Taste of the Master Chefs on Friday, April 6 — while they last, that is. That’s where you can experience award-winning cuisine and rub elbows with captains of industry, athletics and entertainment.

The fundraising event was started last year by Laurie Merrill, CEO of Taste of the Master Chefs, and Wayne Kostroski, Taste of the NFL founder and 2010 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year.

“There are a lot of elite private corporate events during Masters Week,” says Merrill. “We wanted to create an evening event for local people, corporate and elite celebrities, amazing chefs and professional athletes to come together at one venue.” 

Taste of the Master Chefs will feature cuisine prepared by 15 to 18 James Beard Award-winning chefs from around the country, along with live musical entertainment. Like last year, José Andrés, one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and 2011 James Beard Foundation Outstanding Chef, will serve as chef chair for the event. The party is designed to raise funds and awareness for hunger relief, and all proceeds will benefit food programs at Salvation Army of Augusta.

“It’s a phenomenal team effort involving a vast group of people who believe in the same cause,” Merrill says. “It’s a great vehicle for all of the people who are coming to the Masters to enjoy the beauty of the Masters and the beauty of Augusta in the spring. We also want local people to be there and enjoy it. It’s a one-of-a-kind event that has just enough exclusivity to it.” 

A limited number of tickets are available. Athletes who attended last year’s event include Sergio Garcia, who went on to win the 2017 Masters, and Real Madrid soccer legend Luis Figo.

“Come and enjoy the amazing party,” says Merrill. “There isn’t anything else you’ll do all year long in Augusta that will come close to Taste of the Master Chefs.”

If You Go:

What: Taste of the Master Chefs

 When: 7 p.m. 10 p.m. Friday, April 6; VIP reception begins at 6 p.m.

Where: West Lake Country Club 

How Much: $175 –general admission; $275 VIP 

More Info:

Lasagna Roll-Ups

  • Lasagna Roll-Ups12 lasagna noodles 
  • 1 pound ground beef or shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 1 (8-ounce) package mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Once cooked, lay in a single layer on waxed paper. In a skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Add onion and garlic and cook until onions soften, about 5-8 min. Add spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, oregano and basil. Lower heat to med-low and cook about 15 minutes. 

In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta cheese with half of the mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Add egg, parsley, salt and pepper; mix until combined. Layer a 9×13 baking pan with 1 cup of meat sauce to cover bottom of pan. Spoon about 1/4 cup of cheese mixture down each noodle. Top with 1/4 cup meat sauce. Roll up lasagna noodles and place seam-side down in the pan. Top with remaining meat sauce and cheeses. Cover with aluminum foil and bake about 30 minutes. Uncover and bake 12-15 more minutes until lightly browned and cheese is bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Makes 12 rolls.