Taste of the Master Chefs Benefitting The Salvation Army of Augusta Welcomes Rivers Rutherford and Kelley Lovelace to its Masters Week Event

Staff Report From Augusta CEO

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Experience the magic of April in Augusta at the First Annual Taste of the Master Chefs, an evening where America’s award-winning chefs, along with athletes and celebrities come together to enjoy an amazing evening of gourmet food topped off with performances by acclaimed musical artists Rivers Rutherford and Kelley Lovelace. All to help raise funds and awareness to benefit The Salvation Army’s hunger relief efforts. Taste of the Master Chefs is Friday, April 7, 2017 at 7:30pm at the West Lake Country Club, 3556 W Lake Drive, in Augusta.

Taste of the Master Chefs was launched by an experienced event team including Taste of the NFL founder and 2010 James Beard Humanitarian of the Year chef Wayne Kostroski.

TOMC celebrity chef chair is José Andrés, who was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” and awarded Outstanding Chef by the James Beard Foundation. José Andrés is an internationally-recognized culinary innovator, author, educator, television personality, humanitarian and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. He is a committed advocate on food and hunger issues and is known for championing the role of chefs in the national debate on food policy.

Taste of the Master Chefs announced that award-winning artists Rivers Rutherford and Kelley Lovelace will perform at its Masters Week evening event.

Lovelace’s songs have been recorded by Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenney Chesney, Keith Urban, Rascal Flatts, Sheryl Crow, Scotty McCreary, Montgomery Gentry, and many others. Among his recordings are 21 Top 10 Billboard / R&R / Mediabase hits, 16 of which have reached the #1 spot.

Lovelace has also received Song of the Year nominations for “He Didn’t Have To Be,” co-written with and recorded by Brad Paisley, from the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the TNN Music Awards. Kelley’s first Grammy nomination came in 2002 in the Best Country Song category for “The Impossible,” recorded by Joe Nichols and co-written with Lee Miller.

Rutherford has written and co-written songs with artists such as Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Trace Adkins, and Brooks & Dunn. His Grammy-nominated songs include Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton’s duet "When I Get Where I'm Going,” and he won both the 2002 Billboard and 2002 ASCAP Song of the Year Awards.

Taste of the Master Chefs co-founders chefs Wayne Kostroski and José Andrés are also co-founders of the “Taste of the NFL – Party With A Purpose” the single most successful charitable event at the Super Bowl.