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August 01, 2011 - Washington Tennis & Education Foundation: Chef's Challenge - Rums of Puerto Rico at Legg Mason Tennis Classic

What: The Legg Mason Tennis Classic presented by GEICO, July 30 through August 7 at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park, features fierce competition between top players on the ATP World Tour, but this year the hottest competition may well be that taking place in the kitchen on Monday night, August 1st! Rums of Puerto Rico hosts Chef Challenge - Experience the Flavor of Puerto Rico, pitting Executive Chef Roger Villalobos of Mio Restaurant against Executive Chef Raynold Mendizabal of Lima Restaurant in a battle to determine who most masterfully creates flavorful and original Latin dishes infusing a variety of rums as theme ingredients.

Where: William H. G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park

When: August 1, 2011

Time: 6 until 8 pm

Ticket Prices: $75.00

Beneficiary: Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF)

Host(s): Legg Mason Hospitality Tent

EMCEE: Eun Yang NBC4

Presenting Sponsor(s): Rums of Puerto Rico

Committee Members: Judges: Gigi Fernandez, Bob Madigan, Ariel Otero, Shannon Shaffer, Mary Beth Albright

Libations: Rums of Puerto Rico

Attendance: 300

Attire: Casual

Blacktie Photos by: Walid Karim

Two top Washngton chefs fought a fierce battle at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic's Chef Challenge on August 1, 2011 and the winner was - Puerto Rican Rum.

To help kick off the tournament, Rums of Puerto Rico sponsored the "Chef Challenge." The competition pitted two award-winning Washington chefs who were required to create three dishes using Puerto Rican rum. The dishes were evaluated by a panel of judges and sampled by more than 250 tennis fans who attended the Challenge, which was held at the Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Washington's Rock Creek Park during the opening night of the tournament.

"The Chef Challenge was a unique opportunity to show a Washington tennis audience the many unique ways Puerto Rican rums can be used for more than just cocktails." said Nicole J. Rodriguez, director of Rums of Puerto Rico. The Chef Challenge pitted Executive Chef Raynold Mendizable of Lima against Executive Chef Roger Villalobos of Mio, two of Washington's top Latin-themed restaurants. The chefs were challenged to create an appetizer, main course and a dessert using a different Puerto Rican brand rum for each dish and matching it with a different rum-based cocktail.

The Chef Challenge was one part of a multi-faceted sponsorship Rums of Puerto Rico had with the tournament. The Legg Mason Tennis Classic is one of the events that make up the prestigious Olympus U.S. Open Series of tournaments that precede the U.S. Open tournament of New York and showcases some of the top men's tennis players of the world.


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