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    College Football Playoff National Championship Attracts Top Chefs to Taste of the Championship on January 8

    College Football Playoff National Championship Attracts Top Chefs to Taste of the Championship on January 8

    TAMPA, FL -- As Tampa Bay prepares for the two top teams in the nation to meet on the field, the country’s best chefs, including local favorites, will meet at the Florida Aquarium. The Tampa Bay Sports Commission and the College Football Playoff are pleased to present football and fine food at the Taste of the Championship on Sunday, January 8, from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

    Sixteen of the Tampa Bay area's top chefs will be joined by a noted chef from several college football bowl cities in this delicious charity event. The evening benefits the College Football Playoff Foundation’s primary philanthropic initiative, Extra Yard for Teachers. Tickets are limited, so Bay area foodies should reserve their spot in advance.

    “Whether it be a family gathering, business, or just hanging with friends – both food and sports bring people together,” said Taste of the Championship Co-Founder Wayne Kostroski. “Taste of the Championship is a natural. The best local and national chefs join to serve up their favorite offerings, teaming up with both past and present football greats, and all to benefit Extra Yard for Teachers.”

    “The Taste of the Championship takes a bite into the culinary diversity of the Tampa Bay area,” added Rob Higgins, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “Our community has everything you can imagine, from fine dining and farm-to-table restaurants, to fresh seafood and authentic Spanish dishes. It will all be on display at the Taste of the Championship.”

    An array of local delicacies will be served by Tampa Bay’s top restaurants including: 717 South, Ava, Bern's Steak House, Boca Kitchen Bar, Cigar City BrewPub, The Columbia Restaurant, Datz, Fodder & Shine, Goody Goody, Haven, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Mise en Place, Parkshore Grill, The Refinery, Roux and Ulele. Additional chefs to be announced.

    As an added bonus, those in attendance will have the chance to share this incredible dining experience, along with memories of past gridiron glories, with former college football stars.

    Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at TampaBay2017.com/Taste.

    Additional information for 2017 Championship Campus events, including a complete event schedule, can be found atTampaBay2017.com. Fans can stay on top of the latest news and events by subscribing toTouchdown Tampa Bay the official e-newsletter of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.