Chase Sapphire Preferred ®, a premier travel rewards card from Chase, in partnership with Bravo Media announced the “Top Chef Masters” season 5 Premiere Tasting, will take place on Tuesday, July 16 in New York City. Tickets go on sale today for this first-ever event where fans of the show will have an opportunity to celebrate the season premiere, meet the critics and competing chefs as well as taste dishes featured on the first episode of the culinary competition series. “Top Chef Masters” host Curtis Stone and new head critic Gail Simmons will co-host the exclusive tasting event. Eleven critically-acclaimed chefs featured on the series will attend the tasting party, including Neal Fraser, Lynn Crawford, Douglas Keane, Herb Wilson, Sang Yoon, Franklin Becker, Sue Zemanick, Richard Sandoval, David Burke, Jenn Louis, and Jennifer Jasinski. Several of the chefs will recreate and serve dishes highlighted in episode one, allowing guests to interact with the chefs and preview dishes straight from the show. Tickets for the Top Chef Masters Season 5 Premiere Tasting go on sale to the public today and are available for $75/ ticket at www.cityharvest.org/topchefmasters. All ticket sale proceeds for tickets sold on the City Harvest website will benefit City Harvest, the world’s first food rescue organization which is dedicated to helping feed the more than one million New Yorkers facing hunger each year. As part of the presenting partnership, Chase Sapphire is offering cardholders VIP tickets to the event on the Ultimate Rewards SM website. The unique VIP experience includes exclusive early entrance to mingle with the “Top Chef Masters” critics and contestants in a smaller, intimate setting. Cardholders will have an opportunity to tour the event’s “Top Chef Masters” kitchen with season 5 chefs and receive a private sneak peek of the elimination challenge in episode one followed by a Q&A session with contestants. “We are excited to offer this exclusive opportunity for Chase Sapphire cardholders to celebrate their passion for food by offering a behind-the-scenes look at ‘Top Chef Masters’ Season 5 in an intimate setting, modeled after the ‘Top Chef Masters’ kitchen,” said Jeff Bedard, marketing director, Chase Card Services. “For the first time ever, Chase Sapphire cardholders and the public can get a taste of ‘Top Chef Masters’ by sampling the contestant’s culinary creations featured on Episode One and engaging with world-renowned celebrity chefs.”
Chase Sapphire Preferred joins “Top Chef Masters” as a full-series partner, sponsoring other activities to involve fans with the show. Chase Sapphire Preferred will sponsor an on-air hometown tour vignette, hosted by celebrity chef Art Smith in his beloved city of Chicago. Viewers can also follow Smith in a digital video series “Re-mastered Recipes,” where he recreates favorite dishes from past seasons that viewers can make in their own kitchens. Chase Sapphire Preferred will also sponsor an Interactive Map featuring “Top Chef Masters” contestants restaurants throughout the country - users can search the map by chef, location, season and type of cuisine. Dining enthusiasts can now join in on the action and experience exclusive access to “Top Chef Masters” season 5 on and offline before the season premiere on Bravo on Wednesday, July 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.About Chase Sapphire Preferred Chase Sapphire Preferred is a premier rewards credit card for people who are passionate about travel and dining. With Sapphire Preferred you enjoy premium travel rewards and benefits with no travel restrictions or blackout dates on airfare booked through Ultimate Rewards, two points for every dollar spent on dining at restaurants and travel, no foreign transaction fees, 1:1 point transfer to leading frequent travel programs, 24/7 live customer service, access to exclusive cardmember experiences and more. More information is available at www.chasesapphire.com/preferred. About Chase Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.4 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Chase serves more than 52 million consumers and small businesses through more than 5,600 bank branches, 18,700 ATMs, credit cards, mortgage offices, and online and mobile banking as well as through relationships with auto dealerships. More information about Chase is available at www.chase.com. About City Harvest Now serving New York City for more than 30 years, City Harvest ( www.cityharvest.org) is the world's first food rescue organization, dedicated to feeding the city’s hungry men, women, and children. This year, City Harvest will collect more than 42 million pounds of excess food from all segments of the food industry, including restaurants, grocers, corporate cafeterias, manufacturers, and farms. This food is then delivered free of charge to some 600 community food programs throughout New York City by a fleet of trucks and bikes. City Harvest helps feed the more than one million New Yorkers that face hunger each year.