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Scenes from the 2016 Capital Food Fight, Thursday Evening

The chefs went to battle

There are some constants in the D.C. food world, and one is that several big-name chefs will face off against each other, Iron Chef-style (including secret ingredients), in a food competition for charity. The Capital Food Fight benefits D.C. Central Kitchen, and attendees get to sample bites and beverages from tons of local restaurants while taking in the action.

This year, mega-chef José Andrés (a vocal supporter of the cause) and Good Stuff Eatery's Spike Mendelsohn handled emcee duties. The competing chefs included 1789's Samuel Kim, Beuchert Saloon's Andrew Markert, George Rodrigues of Tico, and Theary So of Hank's Oyster Bar, with Kim coming out on top.

In this photo gallery, see Andrés working the crowd in zany fashion, chef friends having fun together, local cooks working the crowd, and the event's winner sporting the usual boxing gloves. Stay tuned for a full Eater recap of the fun and the craziness later today.

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