Restaurant owner hosts chef battle to save lives

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - South Carolina ranks 7th in America for the number of women killed by men, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Zulu Tapas Lounge owner Wayne Evans hopes to change those numbers.

The Myrtle Beach eatery is hosting a Food Network style cooking competition showcasing local area chef's talents judged in three categories: presentation, originality and taste.

Competitors were nominated online by their peers, friends and family.  The top five vote getters participating will be judged by a five person panel which includes three culinary professionals and two local celebrities, including WMBF News Anchor Michael Maely. Other judges are Erin Wilde Star 92.1-on air personality and CASA II representative, Becky Billingsley from MB Restaurant News and Eric Wagner with HGTC Culinary Arts and a fifth yet to be named judge.

But the event is much more than fine food.

"We wanted to do something that gives back to the community and Citizens Against Spousal Abuse is very important to this community, so some of the money raised will help Casa," said Wayne Evans, of Zulu.

The five chefs who received the most votes are:

  • Kevin Levine - Scatori's Pizzeria, Myrtle Beach
  • Nick Batchelder - Louis's at Sanford's, Pawleys Island
  • Bradley Boandl - Bistro 90, Longs
  • Jeff Ray - Zulu Lounge & Bistro, Myrtle Beach
  • Trey Bell - Ailsa Pub, Myrtle Beach

There are two alternate chefs:

  • Steven Perrone - Perrone's Market, Pawleys Island
  • Michael Gadson - Springmaid Beach Resort & Conference Center

The winner earns the title of Myrtle Beach's Next Best Chef and a $250 prize package. Another chef will receive a Caribbean cruise for two if he is voted the Fan Favorite the night of the competition.

The event is Friday September 28, 2012,  6 p.m. judging, and 7 p.m. public tasting at Zulu Tapas Lounge is at 9668 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.

For more information call (843) 213-1730. You can also reach Wayne Evans at

Tickets to the event will cost $20, with a portion of proceeds benefiting Citizens Against Spouse Abuse II. The event includes a buffet-style tasting of the chefs' dishes and a wine tasting from Southern Spirits.

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