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Taste of Wilmington Helps Local Chefs

By Laurin Penland

Wilmington, NC – The third annual Taste of Wilmington has wrapped up. The event brought together food lovers from across the area. And, even though it only got off the ground a few years ago, the event has a powerful impact on both the tasters and the chefs.

Matt Kahrs is the executive chef at the Port City Chop House, and, he says, after he won the Taste of Wilmington Top Chef contest last year, he had people visiting his restaurant who had never heard of him before. He judged this year's event, and he says Taste of Wilmington, which was created by the StarNews, does a lot to bring attention both to the best chefs in the area and to local food vendors.

"With as much exposure that it brings in the paper - for the last month to month and half everyday there has been something in the paper - I think they get a good word out to everybody."

This year's Taste of Wilmington sold out in one week, which was faster than the previous years. An event organizer says he hopes to expand it and hold it in Wilmington's new convention center next year.

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