NEW ORLEANS - Now in its fourth year, the Chefs Taste Challenge (CTC) will heat up this summer by enhancing this annual competition to a sizzling showdown of the region’s best chefs.

Chefs from the Gulf Coast are invited to apply today for a chance to battle it out during this unique event taking place Sept. 7 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The 2018 event will feature a face-off between the best farm to table chefs in New Orleans versus the best farm to table chefs in the Gulf Coast region. The Gulf Coast teams may include the following states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

All culinary teams will compete to create the best dish that utilizes farm-fresh items from a pantry of pre-selected ingredients. Items stocked in the pantry will be representative of ingredients that are in-season in various regions at the time of the competition.

How to Apply: Interested chef participants should refer to the CTC website at http://chefstastechallenge.com/competition/ for event rules and chef application process. Applications will only be accepted through online submission.

The deadline for applications to be submitted online via www.chefstastechallenge.com is June 15.