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      Coastal Uncorked tops off festival with food challenge

      Sunday night about 100 people attended the final course of the Coastal Uncorked food and wine festival.

      Seven chefs from Grand Strand restaurants battled each other for a chance to defeat reigning champion chef Mike Mckinnon from The Cypress Room at Island Vista.

      Cookbook authors Matt Lee and Ted Lee; and Tony Hirsh, the wine chairman for the festival, judged the event.

      The seven top contenders include: Eric Masson from The Brentwood Restaurant; Andrew Gardo from Sea Captain's House; Brad Daniels from Croissants Bistro & Bakery; Eric Wagner from Horry Georgetown Technical College; Andreann Geise from Mykonos; Mike McKinnon from Cypress Room; and James Clark from Waterscapes.

      Before the food challenge, diners ate from tasting tables from area restaurants that included sushi, grits, specialty desserts, and drinks.

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